Caterina Franciosi studies nineteenth-century British art, with a focus on late Victorian visual culture. Her research questions focus on the intersection of the history of science and nineteenth-century visual representations of bodies and environments. She is currently exploring the links between energy theories, nostalgia, and utopian ideas in imperial Britain.
Her MA dissertation at the Courtauld Institute of Art, which was awarded the 2019 Courtauld Prize for an Outstanding Dissertation, identified the impact of geophysical histories of the Earth and the universe on the formal aspects and narrative constructions of Edward Burne-Jones’s art. She received a BA in Art History from John Cabot University, Rome, where she wrote her thesis on the performance of female artistic identity in the work of Gilded Age portraitist Cecilia Beaux.