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Dr Gabriella Zuccolin

Honorary Associate


I joined the Department of Classical Studies at the OU as Research Assistant in September 2012. I am currently involved in the “Negotiating Gender in Renaissance Medicine” research project run by Prof. Helen King. I have an MA in Philosophy (University of Pavia, Italy, 2003) and a PhD in Philosophy, Sciences and Culture of Late Antiquity, Medieval and Humanistic Age (University of Salerno, Italy, 2007). I have previously held a Sophia Fellowship at the Warburg Institute (2007), was postdoctoral Research Fellow at Pavia University from 2008 to 2011 and have taught a course on History of Medieval Philosophy at the University of Trieste, Italy (2012). I am an Affiliated Research Scholar at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, where I am lecturing in history of medieval medicine and supervising Pt. II essays in early-modern medicine. From February 2014 I will be a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow at the same Department, working on a three-year project on 'Women's Medicine Between Script and Print, c. 1450-1600.

Research interests

Since 2003 I have been working on late medieval medical culture, with a special focus on issues of medical patronage, the figure of the court physician and the relationship between Latin and vernacular in the sciences. More recently the chronological focus of my historical-medical research has shifted from the Middle Ages to the early modern period. My research interests range from the history of sexuality, women's health, medicine and childbirth to the history of physiognomy and to the scientific culture of Italian courts.

Selected Publications

Zuccolin, G. 2013, “Living with Animals at a 15th-Century Court: Physiognomy, Dietetics and Poetry”. in B. Dohm, C. Muratori (eds.), Ethical Perspectives on Animals, 1400-1650 (Micrologus’ Library 57), Florence: Edizioni del Galluzzo – SISMEL, 65-90.

Zuccolin, G. 2012, “The Speculum phisionomie by Michele Savonarola”, in Musco, A. ed., Universalità della Ragione. Pluralità delle Filosofie nel Medioevo / Universalité de la Raison. Pluralité des Philosophies au Moyen Âge / Universality of Reason. Plurality of Philosophies in the Middle Ages, Palermo: Biblioteca dell’Officina di Studi Medievali 14.I, vol. II.2, 873-86.

Michele Savonarola: Medicina e cultura di corte (co-edited with Chiara Crisciani), Florence 2011: Edizioni del Galluzzo – SISMEL.

Zuccolin, G. 2011, “Nascere in latino ed in volgare. Tra la Practica ed il De regimine”, in Crisciani, C., Zuccolin, G. eds., Michele Savonarola. Medicina e cultura di corte. Florence: Edizioni del Galluzzo – SISMEL, 2011, 137-210.

Zuccolin, G. 2010, “Medici a corte e formazione del signore”, in Ferrari, M. ed., Costumi educativi nelle corti europee (XIV-XVIII secolo). Milan: Franco Angeli Editore, 77-102.

Zuccolin, G. 2010, “Les traités médicaux sur les bains d’Aqui Terme, entre XIVe et XVIe siècles”, in Boisseuil, D., Nicoud, M. eds., Séjourner aux bain: le thermalisme entre médecine et société (XIVe-XVIe siècles). Lyon: PUL, 31-61.

Zuccolin, G. 2010, “I chirurghi nel XIV secolo: formazione dottrinale e professionale”, in Becchi, E., Ferrari, M., Mazzarello, P. eds., Formare alle professioni. Figure della sanità. Milan: Franco Angeli Editore, 58-78.

Zuccolin, G. 2009, “L’immaginazione nella fisiognomica medievale”, in Bettetini, M., Paparella, F. eds., Immaginario e immaginazione nel Medioevo. Louvain la Neuve: FIDEM, 313-37.

Zuccolin, G. 2008, “Gravidanza e parto nel Quattrocento: le morti parallele di Beatrice d’Este e Anna Sforza”, Quaderni di Artes, 2: Beatrice d’Este (1475-1497), 111-45.

Zuccolin, G. 2008, “Sapere medico ed istruzioni etico-politiche: Michele Savonarola alla corte estense”, Micrologus. Nature, Science and Medieval Societies, 16 (I saperi nelle corti / Knowledge at the Courts), 313-26.

Zuccolin, G., 2008, “Il ruolo dell’exemplum nella produzione medica e religiosa di Michele Savonarola”, in Gadebusch Bondio, M., Ricklin, T. eds., Exempla medicorum. Die Ärzteund ihre Beispiele (14.-18. Jahrhundert). Florence: Edizioni del Galluzzo – SISMEL, 109-28.

Zuccolin, G. 2008, “Medicina, filosofia e cultura di corte (XV secolo, Italia settentrionale)”, I castelli di Yale. Quaderni di filosofia, 9: Medicina e Filosofia tra Medioevo e Rinascimento, 57-81.

Zuccolin, G. 2007, “Princely Virtues in De felici progressu of Michele Savonarola, Court Physician of the House of Este”, in Bejczy, I.P., Nederman, C.J. eds., Princely Virtues in the Middle Ages, 1200-1500. Turnhout: Brepols, 237-58.

Zuccolin, G. 2005, “Ruolo ed evoluzione della balneoterapia nel pensiero scientifico-medico in Italia dal XII al XVI secolo”, in Ciardi, M., Cataldi, R. eds., Il calore della Terra. Contributo alla Storia della Geotermia in Italia. Pisa: ETS, 98-115.

Zuccolin, G. 2004, “Note sui medici di corte del XV secolo”, L’Arco di Giano, 40 (2004), 63-78.

Zuccolin, G. 2004. Review of Bianchi, L., Studi sull’Aristotelismo nel Rinascimento, in Schola Salernitana. Annali, 9, 303-12.

Work in progress

I am currently finishing a critical edition of the unedited Latin physiognomic treatise Speculum phisionomie by Michele Savonarola (1385-1466), to be submitted to the Durham Medieval and Renaissance Series (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies).

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