Cordelia Warr works on Italian art of the middle ages and renaissance. She is particularly interested in clothing, its representation, and its problematic relationship with the spiritual realm.
Cordelia has published on patronage issues, particularly women as patrons. She is also interested in questions surrounding the symbolic meaning of dress and has published a number of articles on the representation of religious dress. In 2010, she published Dressing for Heaven: Physical and Spiritual Dress in Italian Art 1215-1545 , which investigates clothes as liminal objects, drawing on areas such as material culture, Renaissance models of consumption and devotion, and gender studies. Her current project is on Representing and Performing Stigmata in Late Medieval and Renaissance Italy. This forms part of a larger interest in wounds. Cordelia has co-edited, with Dr Anne Kirkham, Wounds in the Middle Ages (Ashgate, 2014); and has co-curated an exhibition with Dr Sian Bonnell (Manchester Metropolitan University) on 'Imagining Medicine' (The John Rylands Library, 14 October - 22 December 2016). She is currently working on a project with Professor Anne Dunlop (University of Melbourne) on 'Foreign Bodies' (http://connectingcollections-manmel.com/) part of an initiative which will highlight research on early modern collections in Manchester and Melbourne.
Recent conference papers include: 'Noses and skin flaps: Gaspare Tagliacozzi’s De Curtorum Chirurgia (1597)’ (Medical Artists Association, Manchester 2016; ‘Proving Stigmata: Antonio Daza, Saint Francis of Assisi, and Juana de la Cruz’ (Ecclesiastical History Society, Sheffield 2014); ‘Pierfrancesco Fiorentino’s Altarpiece (1494) of the Virgin and Child in San Gimignano and Dominican definitions of stigmata’ (Institut d’Études Avancées de Paris, Paris 2012), and 'Touching the habit: Sight and touch in the presentation of the habit of Saint Francis' (The Senses and the Experience of God in Art in the Franciscan Tradition, Saint Bonaventure University, 2017).