Areas of Concentration: Italian Renaissance popular piety, female viewership, and the creation of sacred space through ritual
Faculty Advisor: Robert Williams
Committee Members: Claudia Moser, Elizabeth DePalma Digeser (History, UCSB), Christine Thomas (Religious Studies, UCSB)
Dissertation: "Sites of Resistance: The Popular Piety of Fifteenth-Century Miraculous Image Cults in Tuscany"
M.A. Thesis: "A Franciscan Legacy: Benozzo Gozzoli’s Frescoes in the Choir Chapel of San Francesco in Montefalco" (Syracuse University in Florence, Italy, completed 2009)
Shannon Gilmore is a third-year Ph.D. Candidate and the recipient of the Department Mallory Fellowship. Her major field is in late medieval and Renaissance devotional painting in Central Italy. She commenced her formal education at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, where she graduated magna cum laude and received her B.A. in Art History. In 2009, she was awarded her M.A. in Italian Renaissance Art History from Syracuse University, having been selected as a fellow in their program based in Florence, Italy, where she wrote her thesis entitled, “A Franciscan Legacy: Benozzo Gozzoli’s Frescoes in the Choir Chapel of San Francesco in Montefalco.” She studied and worked in Florence for five years, during which time she served as a teaching assistant and Field Studies Lecturer for Syracuse and was chosen to participate in a six-month internship at the Uffizi Gallery.
Shannon’s research interests include issues of popular piety, female viewership, and the creation of sacred space through ritual. Her dissertation investigates rural miraculous image cults established in the Florentine territory during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Meanwhile, her minor field focuses on imperial women and the early cult of the martyrs in Late Antique Constantinople and Rome, respectively. She participated in two conferences of the Renaissance Society of America, where she presented her M.A. thesis and another paper entitled, "Girdled Power: The Cappella della Sacra Cintola in the Cathedral of Prato."