PhD Student; Renaissance Art


Kaylee Kelley is a first year PhD student focusing on Early Modern portraiture and materiality. Her Master’s thesis entitled ‘“Illustrious Through Her Own Virtues”: An Alternative Vision of Laura in Cinquecento Florentine Portraiture’ investigated the relationship between devotional objects and portraiture vis-á-vis contemporary literature. Prior to BU, Kaylee completed a Master’s at The Institute of Fine Arts and a Bachelor’s at the University of St Andrews, where she earned a joint honours degree in the History of Art and English Literature. While Kaylee has previously worked at various galleries and museums, she most recently interned at the Medici Archive Project in Florence.

Research Interests

  • Cinquecento Portraiture
  • Early Modern Literature & Material Culture
  • Gender Studies