francescaleoniDr Francesca Leoni

Position:

Yousef Jameel Curator of Islamic Art, Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Oxford
KRC Research Associate and Fellow of Wolfson College

Faculty / College Address:

Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology
Beaumont Street
Oxford
OX1 2PH
Tel. (+ 1865 2) 78076

francesca.leoni@ashmus.ac.ox.uk

Research interests:

Islamic arts of the book in pre-modern and early modern times; cross-cultural exchanges between the Islamic world, the Western world and Asia; and the history and circulation of technologies.

Current Project:

"Power and Protection: Art and the Supernatural in the Islamic World", a loan exhibition focusing on Islamic divinatory practices and talismans.

Publications:

Forthcoming

"La produzione di metalli sotto gli Artuchidi (1107-1409) e gli Zangidi (1127-1234)," in Storia dell'Arte Islamica, ed. Maria Vittoria Fontana, 2 vols. (Torino: Einaudi Editore).

"La produzione di metalli sotto gli Ayyubidi (1171-1260) e i Mamelucchi (1250-1517)," in Storia dell'Arte Islamica, ed. Maria Vittoria Fontana, 2 vols. (Torino: Einaudi Editore).

Books and Catalogues

Eros and Sexuality in Islamic Art, co-edited with Mika Natif (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013).

Light of the Sufis: The Mystical Arts of Islam, exhibition catalogue, with Ladan Akbarnia (Houston: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, distributed by Yale University Press, 2010).

Articles

"Introduction: Eros and Sexuality in Islamic Art: Old Issues, New Perspectives," co-authored with Mika Natif, in Eros and Sexuality in Islamic Art, eds. Francesca Leoni and Mika Natif (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013), 1-18.

"A Lasting Legacy: Christopher Gandy's Bequest," The Ashmolean 66 (Autumn 2013): 26-27.

"A Sitarah for the Tomb of the Prophet Muhammad in Medina," The Ashmolean 64 (Autumn 2012): 23-24.

"Picturing Evil: Images of Divs and the Reception of the Shahnama," in Shahnama Studies II, eds. Charles Melville and Christine Van den Berg (Leiden: Brill, 2012), 101-118.

"Al-Qur'an al-Karim: Sacred Verses, Beautiful Pages," The Ashmolean 63 (Spring 2012): 9-10.

"On the Monstrous in the Islamic Visual Tradition," in The Ashgate Research Companion to Monsters and the Monstrous, eds. Asa Mittman with Peter Dendle (Surrey: Ashgate, 2012), 151-72.

"Staged Truths: The Photo-collages of Soody Sharifi," in Soody Sharifi: Of Miniature Serenades and Maxiature Moments, exhibition catalogue. February 4-22, 2011, Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, New York.

Catalogue entries in: Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, eds. Maryam Ekhtiar et al. (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011), 29 (cat. no. 5), 31 (cat. no. 7), 95-98 (cat. nos. 56-58), 127-134 (cat. nos. 83-88), 142-145 (cat. nos. 91-92), 176-177 (cat. no. 118), 194-195 (cat. no. 132).

"Diplomacy and Gift-Giving at the Court of Fath 'Ali Shah," in Gifts of the Sultan: The Arts of Giving at the Islamic Courts, ed. Linda Komaroff (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011), 345-47.

"A Folio from a Timurid Historical Manuscript in the Princeton Art Museum," Record of the Princeton Art Museum 66 (2010): 60-67.

"The Human in the Monster: Changes in Demonic Imagery in 14th-16th Century Persian Painting," in The Monstrous Identity of Humanity. Monsters and the Monstrous, Proceedings of the Fifth Global Conference, ed. Marlin Bates, IV (Inter-Disciplinary Press, Oxford, 2008, e-book), 289-97.http://www.interdisciplinary.net/publishing/idp/eBooks/mioh%20v1.3d.pdf

Catalogue entries in Stefano Carboni (ed.), Venice and the Islamic World, 828-1797 (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art; New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007), 326-327 (cat. nos. 89-91, 93); 330 (cat. no. 114); 345 (cat. no. 175); 346 (cat. nos. 179-180).

"Kirman", in Enciclopedia Archeologica Treccani. Volume IV: Asia. (Roma: Enciclopedia Italiana Treccani, 2005).

"Samarra", in Enciclopedia Archeologica Treccani. Volume IV: Asia. (Roma: Enciclopedia Italiana Treccani, 2005).

"Shiraz," in Enciclopedia Archeologica Treccani. Volume IV: Asia. (Roma: Enciclopedia Italiana Treccani, 2005).

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