Departmental Lecturer in Medieval and Renaissance Art History
St Catherine's College
Costanza is Departmental Lecturer in Medieval and Renaissance Art History. Her research focuses on Gothic architecture in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, and on the coexistence, tension and transition between Gothic and Renaissance projects. She is particularly interested in the management and representation of buildings in accounts, letters, drawings, ornament prints and other media.
Before coming to Oxford, Costanza studied Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Her PhD thesis investigates Juan Guas (active 1453–1496), one of the leading architects of late medieval Spain. Collaboration and cross-regional exchange are central strands of this research, and they inform her current project, a book manuscript on craft networks and the geographies of construction materials in fifteenth-century Castile. Her book Building a Crossing Tower: A Design for Rouen Cathedral of 1516 (Paul Holberton, 2016), explores a newly discovered drawing of monumental scale, placing it in the context of architectural aspirations and conflicts in the northern French city of Rouen. She has also published articles and reviews in Quintana and The Burlington Magazine, among others.
Costanza is co-founder and co-convenor of the Maius Workshop, an interdisciplinary research group that brings together early career scholars interested in the arts and cultures of the Hispanic world (https://maiusworkshop.wordpress.com). She is also co-convenor (with Sylvia Alvares Correa) of the conference Travelling Objects, Travelling People:Art and Artists of Late Medieval and Renaissance Iberia and Beyond, c. 1400–1550 (online, 10–11 December 2020).