BA, MA, PhD (Courtauld, University of London)

Scott Nethersole read History of Art as a BA and MA student at The Courtauld, where he specialised in Florentine renaissance art.  After four years working for the English furniture department at Sotheby’s, he returned to The Courtauld to take his PhD, writing his thesis on ‘The Representation of Violence in Fifteenth-century Florence’.  While writing his doctorate he held the Michael Bromberg Fellowship in the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum.  From 2008 to 2010, he was the Harry M Weinrebe Curatorial Assistant at the National Gallery, London, before returning to The Courtauld to take up the post of Lecturer in Italian Renaissance Art in September 2010. He curated the exhibition Devotion by Design: Italian Altarpieces before 1500 at the National Gallery in summer 2011. He is currently completing a book entitled Violent Art in Early Renaissance Florence.

Research Interests


  • Central Italian, especially Florentine, Art of the Fifteenth Century
  • Violence in Art
  • Altarpieces
  • Art in the Valle Umbra before Perugino
  • Kenneth Clark’s Civilisation



In preparation:

Book: Violent Art in Early Renaissance Florence


J. Harris, S. Nethersole and P. Rumberg (eds.), ‘Una insalata di più erbe’: A Festschrift for Patricia Lee Rubin, London, 2011

Devotion by Design: Italian Altarpieces before 1500, exh. cat. National Gallery, London, 2011


‘“ Parve cosa miracolosa”: Giusto Giusti d’ Anghiari and Leonardo da Vinci’ in J. Harris, S. Nethersole and P. Rumberg (eds.), ‘Una insalata di più erbe’: A Festschrift for Patricia Lee Rubin, London, 2011, pp. 73-82

Drunkenness, War and Sovereignty: Three stucco panels from the Palazzo Scala in Florence’, Art History, 34: 3, June 2011, pp. 466-485

(with Helen Howard), ‘Two Copies of Perugino’s Baptism of Christ’, The National Gallery Technical Bulletin, 31, 2010, pp. 78-95

(with Helen Howard), ‘Perugino, Sassoferrato and a “beautiful little work” in the National Gallery, London’, The Burlington Magazine, CLII: 1286, June 2010, pp. 376-384

‘The Power of Beautiful Nudity in Donatello's Bronze David’, immediations 1:2, 2005, pp. 6-24.

Reviews and catalogue entries:

Review of exhibition: Bagliori dorati: Il Gotico Internazionale a Firenze, 1375-1440, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, 2012, Renaissance Studies

Review of exhibition: La Sainte Anne l’ultime chef-d’œuvre de Léonard de Vinci, Musée du Louvre, Paris 2012, The Burlington Magazine, CLIV, July 2012, pp. 512-514 

Entries on Leonardo’s anatomical and proportional drawings, as well as his Saint Jerome, in L. Syson (ed.), Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan, exh. cat. National Gallery, London, 2011.

‘Florence domestic paintings, Florence’, Review of exhibition: Virtù d’amore: Pittura nuziale nel quattrocento fiorentino, Galleria dell’Accademia, Florence, 2010, The Burlington Magazine, CLII, September 2010, pp. 637-639

Online catalogue entries for Italian paintings included in Close Examination: Fakes, Mistakes and Discoveries, exh. cat. National Gallery, 2010

Review of exhibition: Botticelli, Städel Museum, Frankfurt, 2009-10, The Burlington Magazine, CLII: 1283, February 2010, pp. 126-8.

‘After Michelangelo: Leda and the Swan’, catalogue entry in Botticelli to Titian: Two Centuries of Italian Masterpieces, exh. cat., Szepmuveszeti Muzeum, Budapest, 2009

Review of book: David Summers, Vision, Reflection & Desire in Western Painting, The Burlington Magazine, CLI: 1281, December 2009, p. 840.

Review of book: Jonathan Conlin, Civilisation, The Burlington Magazine CLI:1278, September 2009, pp. 627-28.

‘Picasso’s Chronology’ in Elizabeth Cowling et. al., Picasso: Challenging the Past, exh. cat. National Gallery, London, 2009, pp. 166-69

‘Early 19th Century Furniture: 1800-1840’ in Judith Miller (ed.), Furniture: World Styles from Classical to Contemporary, London, 2005, pp. 190-259


Florence; Central Italy; Renaissance; Violence; Altarpieces; Fifteenth century; Civilisation; History of Television