Dr Georgios Markou

Postdoctoral Associate, Acting Director of Studies in History of Art (Lent and Easter)
University Positions
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
Specialising in
Art of Renaissance Venice, Early Modern Mediterranean

Georgios Markou is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Department of History of Art. He specializes in the art of Renaissance Venice and the Early Modern Mediterranean.

Academic interests

Georgios Markou’s academic interests include: 

  • Renaissance Venice
  • Early Modern Mediterranean
  • Cultural exchange
  • Exilic art
  • Artist biographies.

Degrees obtained

  • BA, Athens.
  • MA, Warwick.
  • PhD, Cantab.

Awards and prizes

  • Rome Fellow, British School at Rome, 2019-2020.
  • Hannah Seeger Davis Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton University, 2018-2019.


Georgios Markou read Archaeology and History of Art at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, before going to the University of Warwick, where he took an MA on Venice and Its Legacies. In 2018, he obtained his PhD at Jesus College, and subsequently held postdoctoral fellowships at Princeton University and at the British School at Rome. Georgios returned to Cambridge in Autumn 2021 as Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Department of History of Art.

His project proposes an alternative artistic history of the Early Modern Mediterranean. Foregrounding the fundamental role of exiled artists as agents of artistic innovation, it questions recent models of cultural exchange, and brings marginalized traditions and geographies into relation with major artistic centres.

His research has been supported by the American Philosophical Society, Sylvia Ioannou Foundation, Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Francis Haskell Memorial Fund and the Faculty of Architecture and History of Art at the University of Cambridge.

Publications, links and resources

  • Markou, G.E. (2021) “Jacopo Tintoretto, his heirs and the family enterprise”, The Burlington Magazine 163, pp. 718-723.
  • Markou, G.E. (2020) “An early owner of a Virgin and Child by Giovanni Bellini: the testament of Hieremia Voltera”, Arte Veneta 77, pp. 228-231
  • Markou, G.E. (2020) “Taddeo Zuccaro and the Pucci Chapel in Santissima Trinità dei Monti, Rome”, Source: Notes in the History of Art 39, pp. 241-251.
  • Markou, G.E. (2019) “The inventory of the Sadeler Venetian Printing shop”, Print Quarterly 36, pp. 379-389.
  • Markou, G.E. (2019) “Negotiating Identity and Status: The silverware of the Cypriot nobles in Renaissance Venice”, in M. Olympios and M. Parani eds, The art and archaeology of Lusignan and Venetian Cyprus (1192-1571): Recent research and new discoveries. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 301-320.
  • Markou, G.E. (2017) “Bonifacio de’ Pitati’s Triumphs of Petrarch and their Cypriot Patron”, The Burlington Magazine 159, pp. 600-609.

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