Ashley Offill specializes in Italian art and architecture of the early modern period, particularly sculpture and architecture associated with the cult of saints and relics. Her dissertation addresses the visual and ritual culture associated with the cult of Andrea Corsini (1302-1374) from the time of his death to the completion of his chapel in 1691 and places the Corsini Chapel in its Florentine and period contexts, methodologically addressing it through the critical criteria of iconography, hagiography, relic studies, religious practices, patronage, and style. Her dissertation is a case study that not only situates the Corsini Chapel in a larger discussing concerning the familial patronage of saints’ chapels, but also cultivates a thorough scholarly dialogue linking Baroque religious practices and the traditional veneration of saints and relics. Her research engages with issues that concern early modern art and society, such as commemoration, celebration, viewership, reception, artistic and cultural exchange, and theatricality.
Fields of Study
Early Modern Italian Art and Architecture
Cult of Saints and Relics
Medieval Islamic Art and Architecture
The Corsini Chapel in Santa Maria del Carmine: Framing the Relic Cult of St. Andrea Corsini in Baroque Florence
MA University of Kansas, History of Art
BA Texas Christian University, Art History and English