Education

Education

Master of Arts with honours (2008): Italian language and culture, University of Amsterdam
- Thesis La Salvezza di Dante. Il linguaggio simbolico delle pietre preziose nella Divina Commedia, on the symbolism of gemstones in Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy’. 30 ECTS, awarded with 9.5/10 score. Subsequent publication in the peer reviewed journal Incontri.
- For the course Florence: Biography of a City I researched the origins of the Etruscan myth in early Renaissance Florence, leading to a complete revision of this myth, and publication in the peer-reviewed journal Renaissance Studies.
- Participation in the Dante Summer School in Ravenna organised by the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan.
- Research scholarships by Nederlands Interuniversitair Kunsthistorisch Instituut in Florence, I Cinquecento Foundation, Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut Rome and the Amsterdam University Fund for research in Florence and Rome.

Bachelor of Arts (2006): Italian language and culture, University of Amsterdam
- Thesis Fra Dio e l’Imperatore: l’Apocalittica di Dante. Il simbolismo delle pietre preziose nella Divina Commedia, on the symbolism of gemstones in Dante’s Divine Comedy. 15 ECTS, awarded with 9/10 score. Subsequent publication in the Italian peer-reviewed journal Dante.
- Minor History of Antiquity and the Middle Ages
- Course Digging in the Past at the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome. My research paper focused on the image of the Etruscans in the Dutch press between 1910 and 1945 and that of the Mostra Augustea in 1937/1938. 
- Scholarships by Nederlands Interuniversitair Kunsthistorisch Instituut in Florence, Cinquecento Foundation, Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut Rome and the Amsterdam University Fund for research in Florence and Rome.

Foundation in Gemmology, Gemmological Association of Great Britain, 2010/2011

Strategic Communication, Media & Communication Institute, University of Amsterdam, 2008. 

Marketing, Amsterdam Business School, University of Amsterdam, 2008.

Media training, De Presentatiegroep, Bloemendaal, 2003.

Creative Writing, Schrijversvakschool ’t Colofon, Amsterdam, 2000.