Dr Lorenzo Sacchini


I joined the University of Leeds as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in September 2017 within the project Petrarch Commentary and Exegesis in Renaissance Italy (c. 1350-c. 1650), co-led by the Universities of Leeds and Oxford.  

Previously I taught Italian at the University of Mary Washington in Virginia (United States) and in secondary schools.

I obtained my PhD in 2013 from Durham University (UK) and my BA and MA in Italian literature and modern philology from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Brescia, Milan: Italy).


Research interests

My main areas of interests include:

  • Petrarch’s reception and exegesis in Italian Renaissance,
  • sixteenth and seventeenth-century Italian academies;
  • early modern letter-writing;
  • the evolution of poetic tendencies in the shift from Late Renaissance to the Baroque era;
  • Italian madrigals.

I am currently Research Fellow within the three-year AHRC-funded project Petrarch Commentary and Exegesis in Renaissance Italy (c. 1350-c. 1650)The main aim of the project is to collect and analyse the corpus of Italian Petrarch commentary and exegesis, with a focus on relevant elements in terms of literary genres, contents (including paratextual materials), and contexts (such as academies, courts, universities, etc.). The project will provide the first freely available on-line census of all the vernacular commentaries and other main forms of exegesis on Petrarch composed between 1350 and 1650.


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  • PhD in Italian Studies
  • MA in modern Philology
  • BA in Italian literature

Research groups and institutes

  • Italian