Ellen Koching Chao is a PhD candidate at the Department of History of Art supervised by Professor Amanda Lillie. She received a four-year scholarship from the Taiwanese Ministry of Education to pursue the doctoral degree in the United Kingdom. Her research interest lies in fifteenth-century Florentine arts and architecture, and her dissertation investigates the castellated profile of the Communal Palace in Montepulciano (a rural town belonging to the Florentine Republic) in Florence’s political, military and architectural context.
Koching obtained her Master degree in Fine Arts at the National Taiwan Normal University in 2010. During the summer of 2014, she was selected to participate in a one-month international workshop on Florentine urban spaces funded by the Getty Foundation and Villa I Tatti – the Harvard University Centre for Italian Renaissance Studies. From 2014 to 2015, she was a visiting researcher in the Department of History of Art at the University of California, Berkeley. Since 2016, she is a peer reviewer of the online magazine – Renaissance Hub.Her recent publication is titled Deciphering the Gender in Renaissance Florence: a Linguistic-Formalistic Analysis of Donatello’s David Sculptures (Mar. 2015).