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Francesca Leoni


Francesca Leoni has been curator of Islamic art at the Ashmolean Museum since 2011 (Yousef Jameel Curator, 2011–16). Prior to this she held curatorial and research posts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2008–11), Rice University (2008–10) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2007–8). Dr Leoni received her Laurea Degree in Oriental Languages and Civilisations from the Istituto Universitario L’Orientale di Napoli (1999), and her MA and PhD from Princeton University (2005, 2008). Dr Leoni’s research has been supported by the Leverhulme Trust, the Barakat Trust and the Art Fund, amongst others. In 2009 she was the recipient of the Best Dissertation in Iranian Studies by the Foundation of Iranian Studies.

Last updated: Aug 2020