Victoria Avery is Keeper of Applied Arts at the Fitzwilliam Museum. She has researched, lectured and published extensively on many aspects of European sculpture and the decorative arts. Her publications include Vulcan's Forge in Venus' City: The Story of Bronze in Venice, 1350-1650 (OUP, 2011; awarded Premio Salimbeni, 2012); Treasured Possessions from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment (PWP, 2015; co-edited with Melissa Calaresu and Mary Laven) and Michelangelo Sculptor in Bronze (PWP, 2018; editor and contributing author).
Melissa Calaresu is the Neil McKendrick Lecturer in History at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. She has written on the cultural history of the Grand Tour, urban space, ice cream, and street-vending in early modern Italy, with a particular focus on Naples. She is co-editor of Exploring Cultural History: Essays in Honour of Peter Burke (2010), New Approaches to Naples c.1500-c.1800: The Power of Place (2013), and Food Hawkers: Selling in the Street from Antiquity to the Present Day (2015). With Victoria Avery and Mary Laven, she also co-edited Treasured Possessions from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment (PWP, 2015), which accompanied the Fitzwilliam Museum exhibition.