Margo Weitzman is a Ph.D. student focused on painting in Florence, Italy during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. She received her B.A. in fine art from DePaul University and M.A. in Humanities from the University of Chicago. In 2015, she collaborated with Dr. Ada Palmer to edit and publish a collection of essays on Homeric texts in The Bibliotheca Homerica Langiana, and the following year co-curated the exhibit Tensions in Renaissance Cities at the Special Collections Gallery at UChicago. Her primary academic interests include viewer engagement and phenomenology, urbanism, and identity formation in the Italian Renaissance.
Franchesca is a Ph.D. student specializing in Italian Renaissance art, with a particular focus on painting and patronage. After graduating from Penn State Erie, the Behrend College with a major in Arts Administration in 2014, she earned a Master’s degree in Art History from The Pennsylvania State University in 2016. Her research interests include ecclesiastical patronage, chapel decoration in Rome, and the intersection of art and politics. Franchesca has presented research at a number of international conferences and has held internships at the Erie Art Museum, Chautauqua Institution, the Erie Insurance Heritage Center, and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice.