Sara Petrilli-Jones studies European art, architecture, and art theory of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Her dissertation considers issues of geography and canonicity in Italian art (and art history), with a focus on Grand Ducal Florence. Further research interests include 20th-century reception of Baroque art and architecture; global modern architecture, especially questions of materiality; fascism; legal history; intellectual property law; and cultural heritage policy.
She is completing her Ph.D. jointly between Yale and the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa. Alongside her doctorate, she is also a J.D. Candidate at Yale Law School (2022). As an undergraduate, she studied at Yale and the Università degli Studi di Firenze, and holds a B.A. with distinction in History of Art and Italian Studies from Yale College (2017).
In addition to her research, Sara has worked in art museums and collections in Italy and France—most recently the Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence—and as a translator of Italian poetry and architectural criticism. She is actively engaged in various projects dedicated to restitution and copyright reform.