Maria DePrano received her Ph.D. in Art History from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2004. Her research focuses on women’s life passage rituals, portraiture, the domestic interior, and family art patronage in fifteenth-century Florence. She is currently completing a book manuscript entitled, A Family’s Oeuvre: Tornabuoni Art Patronage in Fifteenth-Century Florence. The Tornabuoni family, close relations of the famous Medici, commissioned innovative objects honoring female relations, both natal and conjugal, providing a unique opportunity to develop a more nuanced view of women’s status in Renaissance Florentine society.
DePrano has written articles on portraiture, funerary practices, and material culture, published in Viator, The Medal, and Renaissance Studies. Her article, “Chi vuol esser lieto sia: Objects of Entertainment in the Tornabuoni Palace in Florence,” was recently published in The Early Modern Italian Domestic Interior, 1400-1700. She has taught at UCLA, UC Davis, and Washington State University. Her research has been supported by the Fulbright Commission, the UCLA Dickson Fellowship, and the College of Arts and Sciences at Washington State University. In 2014-2015, DePrano was an I Tatti Fellow at the Villa I Tatti, the Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, in Florence, Italy. She joined UC Merced in 2015.