Research areas: Early Modern Italian art & architecture, History of Prints and of the Book
Professor Lincoln's specialty involves the production and reception of printed (therefore, multiple) images in the early modern period in Europe. Her first book, The Invention of the Italian Renaissance Printmaker (2000), looked at the education of draftsmen and the role of drawing in the careers of printmakers who learned to draw as part of different career paths. Her second book, Brilliant Discourse: Pictures and Readers in Early Modern Rome (2014), describes the dialogic work of pictures in sixteenth-century Roman printed books, showing how they helped to form networks of readers and producers of printed works.
She is currently working on the images used and created by the multi-ethnic community of artists, printers, scholars and publishers at the Medici Oriental Press in Rome, particularly in the work of the Parasole family’s multi-generational contribution to Counter-Reformation initiatives across intellectual disciplines through their skills as woodcarvers. In a digital humanities site that she created, The Theater that was Rome, digitized books and prints about and from early modern Rome help identify the networks of knowledge and patronage that printing created and maintained throughout the city.