Assistant Professor, Univ. of Athens; Adjunct Professor, ACAM

Dr Ianthi Assimakopoulou is currently Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Athens. Iatnthi taught as Adjunct Academic Staff at the Hellenic Open University and as Adjunct Lecturer at the National Kapodistrian University of Athens, the University of Ioannina and the University of Peloponnese. Her Postdoc at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens is focusing on the coexistence of mythological and historical elements and narratives in sixteenth-century art of Florence (in progress, near completion). Her Postdoc at the University of Peloponnese aims to advance our understanding of Raphael’s creative process  and present a wide range of case studies revealing that the master was familiar with ancient coins, drew inspiration from them and incorporated motifs or elements in his compositions (in working progress). In her research, Ianthi seeks to understand and interpret the “inner life” of images and how themes of great symbolic, intellectual, and emotional power of antiquity reappear, often enriched with multiple layers of meaning, in the art of later periods and particularly in the Italian Renaissance. As Art History is by nature open to interdisciplinary approaches, Ianthi has studied and presented to different audiences possible associations of Art History with other disciplines, such as Legislative Drafting, Psychiatry and Numismatics. Her PhD is entitled "Benvenuto Cellini’s Relief ‘Perseus Liberates Andromeda’ (1554) at the Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence. Art, Society and Politics in the Medici Era" (degree earned 2013). She received a MA from the Warburg Institute and the National Gallery of London and a MA from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Her research has been supported by the State Scholarships Foundation (IKY), the Alexander S. Onassis Foundation and The Welfare Foundation for Social and Cultural Affairs. Ianthi has also participated in the preparation of the exhibition and its catalogue, "Heads and Tails – Tales and Bodies: Engraving the Human Figure from Antiquity to the Early Modern Period" (2016) in the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts (Moscow), organized by the Pushkin Museum, the Museum Benaki and The Welfare Foundation for Social and Cultural Affairs. Now she is curating an  exhibition with digital material entitled “Echoes of Antiquity in El Greco’s Oeuvre” to be held in the Basilica of Saint Mark, Heraklion, El Greco’s birthplace (April-May 2019) and is the editor of the bilingual exhibition catalogue. She has presented 14 papers in international and national conferences and she is the author of 10 articles published or scheduled for publication in the coming months. She is working on four forthcoming books related to her research.