Francesca S. Croce

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DOC Fellow of the Austrian Academy of Sciences


Francesca S. Croce is currently pursuing a doctorate at the University of Vienna under the supervision of Professor Sebastian Schütze, where she specializes in late Seicento Roman art and is a recipient of the Doctoral Fellowship Program of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.
Her research focuses on the influence of Raphael on seventeenth century biographer Giovan Pietro Bellori (1613–1696) and artist Carlo Maratti (1625–1713). She holds a master's degree in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art, where she wrote her dissertation "Out of the Darkness: Constructing the Seicento Myth of Annibale Carracci", and bachelor's degree in history from Columbia University.

Research interests: Italian Baroque Art, Seventeenth Century Rome, Classicism, Art Criticism, Artists’ Biographies


  • "An Indignant Letter: Carlo Maratti and Raphael as Paradigm." Paragone Arte, no. 171 (2023): 42–58.
  • "Hic est Raphael? Carlo Maratti and the Figure of the Artist in the Seventeenth Century." Anales de Historia Del Arte 33 (2023): 61–73.
  • "Annibale Carracci's Lasting Influence. A Newly Identified Nude Study by Andrea Sacchi." Wiener Jahrbuch für Kunstgeschichte LXVII (2023): 137–45.
  • "A Friendship that Defined the Seicento: Giovan Pietro Bellori and Carlo Maratti." In Art et amitié aux XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles en Europe, edited by Marine Roberton and Charlotte Rousset, 193–211. Paris: Éditions du GRHAM, 2023.

Grants and Fellowships:

  • The Austrian Academy of Sciences’ (ÖAW) Doc Fellowship (30 months)
  • The Austrian Academy of Sciences’(ÖAW) Go.Investigatio Fellowship(1 month)
  • University of Vienna’s Short-term Grants Abroad (KWA) (2 months) Host Institutions: Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Madrid and The Courtauld Institute of Art, London


  • University of Vienna (Spring/ Summer Semester 2023) - “L'idea del bello - Bellori and Classicism in Seventeenth Century Rome” open to both undergraduate and master’s degree students
  • University of Vienna (Winter Semester 2023/24) - "The Battle for the Baroque: The Classicists vs. Caravaggisti in Seventeenth Century Rome"open to both undergraduate and master's degree students


  • Ohio State University, Columbus, USA (Jul. 2022) - Presented "Power and Permanence: Raphael’s Impact and Legacy in the Seicento" at the university's "Raphael & the Dresden Tapestries Symposium"
  • Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, USA - Presented alongside Helen M. Kohn of the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden "Raphael: His Life and Legacy" held in occasion of the opening of the exhibition "Raphael – The Power of Renaissance Images: The Dresden Tapestries and their Impact"
  • Institut national d’histoire de l’art, Paris, France (Jun. 2022) - Presented “A Friendship that Defined the Seicento: Giovan Pietro Bellori and Carlo Maratti” at the international conference“Art et amitié aux XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles en Europe”
  • Kyoto University and University of Vienna (Mar. 2022) - Presented “A Sacred Heritage: Raphael and the Divine Artist in the Vite of Giovan Pietro Bellori” as part of the joint art history seminar series
  • The Institute of Historical Research, University of London (Nov. 2021)Presented “Collecting Baroque in America: Masterpieces from the Croce Collection” as part of the “Collecting and Display” seminar series
  • Villa Mondragone, Frascati, Italy (May 2024) - Presented "A Scientist's Thirst for Discovery and Baroque Painting" at the Symposium for Cancer Challenges organized by the University of Rome "Tor Vergata"
    Renaissance Society of America, Chicago, USA (Mar. 2024) - Presented "A New Prince of Painters? Carlo Maratti (1625 – 1713) as Raphael's Late Seicento Heir" at the Renaissance Society of America's "New Perspectives on Italian Art IV" panel