Researcher (Italian Drawings Project)

Angelamaria Aceto

Angelamaria Aceto

Tel: 01865 278050

I am a drawing specialist with an interest in the early modern period and am currently one of the researchers for the Ashmolean's Italian Drawings Project, a four-year project focusing on the Museum’s major collection of Italian drawings.

I have previously been Research Assistant on a  major project funded by the Leverhulme Trust, led by Catherine Whistler, devoted to Raphael and eloquence in drawing, which culminated in the acclaimed exhibition 'Raphael: the Drawings' (Ashmolean Museum 1 June–September). Raphael has been the focus of my research with papers and forthcoming articles.

My publications in peer-reviewed journals reflect my long-standing concern with the functions, uses and materiality of works on paper and in questions of connoisseurship, as well as my broader interest in paintings, sculpture and particularly architecture.

In my current role I am focusing on the remarkable, underexplored, collection of architectural and ornament drawings of the Ashmolean Museum from the 15th- to the 18th- centuries. 


I was educated as an art historian at the University Federico II in Naples before completing an MA at the UCL focusing on graphic arts.

I joined the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum as a Michael Bromberg Fellow and subsequently the Ashmolean Museum as a Print Room Assistant and then Print Room Supervisor. I was appointed Research Assistant on the Leverhulme-funded research project devoted to Raphael drawings.

I was the recipient of the 2013 Francis Haskell scholarship which led to a collaboration with the Gabinetto di Stampe e Disegni Uffizi, Florence, and Museum Fellow at the Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max Planck Institute, Rome (March-May 2018).

I have recently curated an exhibition at the Royal Museums of Turin, exploring Raphael’s extraordinary legacy through the rich and underexplored drawing collection of the Biblioteca Reale. 

Select Publications

2022. Nel Segno di Raffaello. Disegni della Biblioteca Reale di Torino, exhibition catalogue, Turin, Biblioteca Reale, 29 April 2022 – 17 July 2022,  Milan 2022

2020. On Raphael’s use of blind stylus and on new sketches for the Disputa, in Catherine Whistler, Ben Thomas eds., Raphael: Drawing and Eloquence, Accademia Raffaello, Urbino, 2020, pp. 85-99

2020 A drawing by Simone Cantarini, called Il Pesarese, in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford 
in Master drawings, 58,3 (Autumn 2020), pp. 327-332 

2020 (with F.P. Di Tedoro), L’architettura disegnata: nuove indagini e prospettive per “Raffaello architetto”, in Raffaello (1520-1483), Milan, Skira, pp. 317-329

2019. The Last Supper, Vienna 195r, a new geometrical study and an hypothesis for its architecture, proceedings of the international symposium Raphael Zeichnungen (Albertina, Vienna, 21-22 November 2017, Milan, Skira, 2019, 155-171

2018. Raphael in three early drawings around 1499 (and a new source for the Massacre of the Innocents), Mitteilungen des Kunsthistorischen Institutes in Florenz, 60,2,2018, pp. 311-321

2017. From building to print: Giovanni Giacomo de’ Rossi and the making of architectural books, The Burlington Magazine, 2017, pp. 697-705

2017. Raphael. The Drawings, Catherine Whistler, Ben Thomas, with Achim Gnann and Angelamaria Aceto, Oxford, 2017

2016. A rediscovered drawing by Jean Boulanger (c.1608-1680), Print Quarterly, (4) pp. 406-14

2014. Rare drawings for Prints by Francesco Antonio Bufalini, Print Quarterly, (2) pp. 167-74

2010. La Cappella Caracciolo di Vico in San Giovanni a Carbonara a Napoli e il problema della sua architettura, Bollettino d’Arte del Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali, (6) pp. 47-80