Piers Baker-Bates is Visiting Research Associate at The Open University, United Kingdom, having previously been a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the same Institution. He is also chair of ARTES, the Iberian & Latin American Visual Culture Group. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in March 2006 and has since held Fellowships at a number of Institutions; most recently he was an Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellow at CASVA in Autumn 2019. His book on Sebastiano del Piombo, Sebastiano del Piombo and the World of Spanish Rome appeared in September 2016. He has also co-authored two edited volumes, The Spanish Presence in Sixteenth-Century Italy: Images of Iberia, with Dr Miles Pattenden, which was published by Ashgate in January 2015 and ‘“Un nuovo modo di colorire in pietra”: Paintings on Stone and Material Innovation, with Dr Elena Calvillo, which was published by Brill in March 2018. He further contributed an essay and entries to the catalogue of the National Gallery exhibition, Sebastiano del Piombo and Michelangelo in 2017 and the Uffizi exhibition, Spagna e Italia in Dialogo nell’Europa dell Cinquecento in 2018.