Marta Ajmar (BA (laurea), MA), is Course Tutor and a member of the Research Department at the Victoria and Albert Museum. She studied Art History and Italian Literature in Pavia and Milan before completing the MA Course in Combined Historical Studies (The Renaissance) at the Warburg Institute in London. She worked in the Coins and Medals Department at the British Museum for a number of years, where she co-curated an exhibition on the Cribb Collection of devotional objects. She was appointed in 1995 by the Victoria and Albert Museum to plan and set up the Renaissance specialism within the V&A/RCA MA Course in the History of Design. Her doctoral research at the Warburg Institute concentrates on women, exemplarity and the domestic arts in Renaissance Italy. She has published on many aspects of gender and the material culture of the domestic interior. Her most recent contributions have been published in The Image of the Individual (British Museum, 1998), Material Memories (Oxford, 1999) and Women in Italian Renaissance Culture and Society (Oxford, 2000). In her work with the Centre she will lead the Focused Study The Domestic Interior in Italy, 1400-1600.