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Dr Angelo Lo Conte

Assistant Professor
Academy of Visual Arts

Dr Angelo Lo Conte




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Dr Lo Conte is the author of The Procaccini and the business of painting in Early Modern Milan, published by Routledge in 2021. His contributions to numerous academic journals and edited volumes have appeared in English and Italian. His research has been supported by individual project grants, fellowships and residencies from institutions that include the Research Grant Council of Hong Kong, the Australian Government (through the Endeavour Fellowship Programme), the Renaissance Society of America, the Ian Potter Museum, Melbourne, the Trustees of the Burlington Magazine Foundation, the Australasian Centre for Italian Studies and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.



Research Projects

  • 'Seeing the Invisible:Visual Representations of Disability in Early Modern Europe (1400-1700)'. General Research Fund (GRF) (2022-2025). University Grants Committee Hong Kong. 
  • 'The Colours of Silence: Untold Stories of Deaf Painters in Early Modern Europe'. Early Career Scheme (ECS) (2020-2022). University Grants Committee Hong Kong.



  • Award, AVA Performance Award in Early Career Teaching, HKBU (2022)
  • Fellowship, Samuel H. Kress Fellowship in Art History, Renaissance Society of America (2022)
  • Award, AVA Performance Award as Young Researcher, HKBU (2021)
  • Fellowship, David Rosand Library and Study Centre, Venice (2018)
  • Fellowship, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne (2017)
  • Prize, Francis Haskell Memorial Fund (2014)


Research Output

  • Lo Conte, Angelo. 'Talking colours: Ercole Sarti and the verses that gave voice to his paintings'. Source: Notes in the History of Art, forthcoming, 2022.
  • Lo Conte, Angelo. ‘Crossroads of artistic creation: the Procaccini family in Milan’. In Pictor. Le métier de peintre en Europe au XVIe siécle, Audrey Nassieu Maupas and Michel Hochmann (eds.), Paris: École Pratique des Hautes Études, forthcoming 2022.
  • Lo Conte, Angelo. 'A Visual Testament by Luca Riva, a Deaf and Mute pupil of the Procaccini'. Renaissance Studies, 32, 2 (2022), 223-251.
  • Lo Conte, Angelo. The Procaccini and the business of painting in early modern Milan. New York and London, Routledge: 2021.
  • Lo Conte, Angelo. ‘Antipodean prints: Joseph Burke and the development of the University of Melbourne’s print collection’. Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association, 69 (2020), 179-190.
  • Lo Conte, Angelo. ‘Carlo Antonio and the bottega Procaccini’. Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte, 83 (2020), 7-32.
  • Lo Conte, Angelo. ‘Piranesi, Guercino and Goold’s fascination for the Baroque’. In The Invention of Melbourne, Jaynie Anderson, Max Vodola and Shane Carmody (eds.), Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2019, 166-179.
  • Lo Conte, Angelo. ‘How one Global Collection of Old Master Prints was created: the nine Sadeler albums in the Baillieu Library of the University of Melbourne’. Journal of the History of Collections, 30, (2018), 339-350.
  • Lo Conte, Angelo. ‘Sadeler and Procaccini: the secular decoration of Castello Visconti di San Vito in Somma Lombardo’. Explorations in Renaissance Culture, 44 (2018), 27-46.
  • Lo Conte, Angelo. ‘The Garden of Love (Studio of Antonio Vivarini)’, in Love: Art of Emotion 1400-1800, Angela Hesson and Charles Zika (eds.), Melbourne: National Gallery of Victoria, 2017, 72-73.
  • Lo Conte, Angelo. ‘Federico Borromeo e l’invenzione della ghirlanda di fiori: evoluzione italiana di un genere pittorico’, Italian Studies, 71 (2016), 67-81.
  • Lo Conte, Angelo. ‘Giovanni Battista Piranesi: rediscovering the antiquity’. In The Piranesi Effect, Gerard Vaughan and Kerrianne Stone (eds.), Sydney: New South, 2015, 79-93.
  • Lo Conte, Angelo. ‘Symbolism of blood in two masterpieces of the early Italian Seicento’ Journal of Baroque Studies, 3 (2015), 109-129.
  • Lo Conte, Angelo. Guida all’arte medievale in Finlandia. Helsinki: Edizioni della Rondine, 2014. ISBN: 978-952-67725-1-6.



Investigating Art practice and Deaf culture

Dr Lo Conte


A few years ago, Dr Angelo Lo Conte was visiting the state archives in Milan, Italy, when he came across an interesting document from the 17th Century. The rare manuscript included the last wishes of the deaf Milanese painter Luca Riva, but instead of taking the form of a traditionally written testament, it featured a number of drawings that illustrated how his inheritance should be distributed.


The unusual visual testament sparked Dr Lo Conte's interest in researching the interconnections between art and disability in Europe between the 16th and 17th Centuries. "I thought, perhaps Luca Riva was not the only deaf artist working in this period. As a consequence, I began looking at the careers of deaf painters", says the Assistant Professor of the Academy of Visual Arts on his latest research project, "The colours of silence: untold histories of deaf painters in early modern Europe".