Samuel Morrison Gallacher read history at Peterhouse,
University of Cambridge, graduating in 2009 with First Class
Honours and the Sir Herbert Butterfield Prize for History. After
completing his M.Phil. at Cambridge in 2010, he has been a doctoral
scholarship holder at IMT Institute for Advanced Studies in Lucca,
Italy, since February 2011.
He is currently a Thesaurus Poloniae Junior Fellow of the National
Academy of Heritage at the International Cultural
Centre, Kraków, where he is researching the history of
diplomatic gift-exchange at the Jagiellonian Court.
My Ph.D. research is on art and diplomacy in sixteenth century
Europe and the Mediterranean.
Specifically, I am interested in the connection between type,
context, and meaning of art-objects used as diplomatic gifts. My
research considers the increasing sophistication of diplomatic
practice within the cultural trends of the Renaissance classical
tradition and the volatility of sixteenth century politics as
transformative influences on the use, status, and significance of
My thesis will contribute to our understanding of both early modern
material and court culture and the history of collecting in
I am jointly supervised by Professor Salvatore Settis of the Scuola
Normale di Superiore, Pisa, and by Professor Maria Luisa Catoni of
IMT Institute for Advanced Studies, Lucca.
As this research has a strong museological dimension, I am an
affiliated researcher with ICOM Europe.