Book Series Renovatio Artium, vol. 9

Leonardo, Bramante, and the Academia: Art and Friendship in Fifteenth-Century Milan

Jill Pederson

  • Pages: xvi + 360 p.
  • Size:215 x 280 mm
  • Illustrations:0 b/w, 110 col.
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2021

  • ISBN: 978-1-912554-42-3
  • Hardback
  • Available


Jill Pederson is Associate Professor of Art History at Arcadia University. She specializes in Italian art of the late fourteenth through sixteenth centuries. Her research focuses on the intersection of visual, literary, and intellectual culture in northern Italy, with a particular emphasis on the work of Leonardo da Vinci and his circle. She is the recipient of numerous grants, including a Fulbright Fellowship, Kress Foundation Fellowship, Ahmanson Research Fellowship (UCLA), and a Franklin Research Grant from the American Philosophical Society.


This book is the first study to provide a comprehensive historical and theoretical account of the Academia Leonardi Vinci. Pederson brings together literary sources to offer a new interpretation of the academy not as one singular entity, but as a collection of academic modalities in Renaissance Milan. Eventually these various modalities converged around their namesake Leonardo da Vinci, as well as the architect Donato Bramante. This group drew together not only humanists, as in other early Italian academies, but also practitioners of a range of disciplines that ultimately gave way to a new kind of group. This collective of creative personages generated forms of expression that explored the liminal spaces between art, geometry, architecture, and the natural world, which in turn stimulated conversation and debate. This activity made it different from other early Italian academies, and in this way it offered something entirely new.