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Victoria Bartels


I'm a PhD candidate working on Renaissance arms, armor, costume, and gender. My dissertation examines "Masculinity, Arms and Armor, and the Culture of Warfare in Sixteenth-Century Italy and Germany." I obtained my MA from Syracuse University and was a part of their Florence Graduate Program in Italian Renaissance Art. My Master's thesis was entitled "The Continence of Cosimo I de' Medici: Male Chastity and the Tapestry of Joseph Fleeing from Potiphar’s Wife." Prior to starting my studies at Cambridge, I worked in the Valuations Department at Sotheby's, London.

I am also currently a Kress fellow at the Medici Archive Project in Florence, Italy -



Research Interests

Arms and armor, masculinity, violence, warfare, and costume in sixteenth-century Italy and Germany

Research Supervision

My supervisor is Prof. Ulinka Rublack.

Other Professional Activities

Co-convener of the Gender and History workshop:



  • Early Modern History