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Dr Sonja Lapraik

Dr Sonja Lapraik

Project title

The Hippocrates portrait in Federico da Montefeltro's studiolo at Urbino



Subject areas

  • history of medicine
  • representation of medicine in fine art
  • culture in the Italian Renaissance court
  • Italian Renaissance studies
  • history of art

Personal profile

I am currently in my final year of my PhD. It's funded by a generous Wellcome studentship from the Northern Centre for the History of Medicine. I'm under the supervision of Thomas Rütten.

Roles and responsibilities

  • Assisted the convenor of the Pybus seminars from 2009 to 2010


  • HIS2078- approaches to the History of Medicine (Seminar Leader; second marker)

Other information

  • Membership to the Renaissance Society of America


  • Wellcome PhD studentship from Northern Centre for the History of Medicine 
  • Wellcome MA studentship


  • BA (Hons) Classics, Exeter (2003) 
  • MA History of Medicine, Newcastle (2005)


Papers presented

  • “The portrait of Hippocrates in the Studiolo of Federico da Montefeltro in Urbino.”
  • “Health, Illness and Representation”: Association of Medical Humanities 4th Annual Congress, 4-5 September 2006 King’s College London
  • “The portrait of Hippocrates in the Studiolo of Federico da Montefeltro.”
  • Second Meeting for Postgraduate Students in the History of Science, Centre d'Estudis d'Història de les Ciències, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 31 May–2 June 2007
  • “Hippocrates as the ideal physician in the studiolo of Federico da Montefeltro.”
  • Approaches to Ancient Medicine, Newcastle University, 3-4 September 2007


I am interested in all aspects of ancient and early modern history of medicine. Specific areas include:

  • hippocratic medicine and its transmission
  • the (Italian) Renaissance of Hippocratic medicine in the 15th and 16th centuries
  • the representation of Hippocrates in works of fine art
  • classical scholarship
  • court culture in Renaissance Italy, in particular Urbino
  • medical patronage
  • medical astrology around 1500
  • history of ideas
  • classical literature in Renaissance art
  • Italian Renaissance studies; Renaissance art and architectural history