Cleo Nisse is a PhD candidate and the 2020-2023 Predoctoral Paul Mellon Fellow with the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. She received her B.A. in History from Cambridge University (double first class) then trained as a painting conservator at the Courtauld Institute, London. She specializes in the art of Early Modern Italy, with a focus on the techniques and materials of artistic practice, complemented by a concern for the mutability of artworks over time. She is writing her PhD dissertation on the adoption, development and significance of canvas supports for painting in Renaissance Venice. Her doctoral work has additionally been supported by fellowships from the Turza Family Foundation, Casa Muraro and Save Venice Inc.