Adriana Turpin (MA Oxford, MA Courtauld Institute of Art, London, Associate Fellow, University of Warwick) studied History at Oxford and then Art History at the Courtauld Institute. She is the director IESA-UK and Academic Director of its International Programmes. Before that she was a Deputy Director, Sothebys and Senior Tutor at Sotheby’s Institute. She is a founder member of the Seminar on Display and Collecting at the Institute of Historical Research, and is the co-editor of their publications.
Adriana has written on a variety of topics related to collecting and to the history of furniture. Among these was “A Table for Queen Mary” Apollo, January 2000, “Filling the Void: Beckford’s Collecting of Furniture and the Art Market in the late 18th century,” an essay in the exhibition catalogue, ed. by D. Ostergard, An Eye for the Magnificent in 2001 and “The New World Collections of Duke Cosimo I de’ Medici and their Role in the Creation of a Kunst- and Wunderkammer in the Palazzo Vecchio” in 2006