Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center


La Malfa, Claudia

Title/s:  Adjunct Professor



Claudia La Malfa is an art historian who specializes in 13th- to 17th-century art. Over the last few years, she has been studying Raphael, focusing especially on his drawings, the revival and use of ancient visual sources in his artworks, and how his legacy affects 16th-and 17th-century artists. In 2020, her monograph Raphael and the Antique was published by Reaktion Books (UK) contemporaneously with the Italian version, Raffaello: La rivoluzione dell’antico, issued by Rizzoli. Raffaello: La scoperta dei Galati nella Stanza di Eliodoro was published by Enzo Grilli (Rome) in 2019. She is co-editor with Sybille Ebert-Schifferer of the volume Collecting Raphael forthcoming in 2021 from Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Her scholarly articles have appeared in peer-reviewed journals and she has helped curate exhibitions on Bernardino Pintoricchio, Sandro Botticelli, Filippino Lippi, Andrea Sansovino, and the history of collecting and the revival of classical art in the Renaissance.


PhD, Combined Historical Studies, The Warburg Institute, University of London

Laurea, Art History, Sapienza University of Rome

Research Interests

Art History

Renaissance Art, Raphael

Collecting and patronage

Influence of classical art in the early modern age

Botticelli’s mythological paintings and images of Dante’s Divine Comedy

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