Dr Lenia Kouneni is a Teaching Fellow in the School of Art History at the University of St Andrews, where she teaches courses on aspects of classicism in western art and Byzantine art. She has a BA Hons (Archaeology and Art History) from the University of Athens, Greece. She completed her MLitt in Art History at the University of St Andrews and received her PhD from the same institution in 2009. She has taught at the University of St Andrews and the University of Dundee; she was a Neil Macgregor scholar at the National Gallery, London, and has participated in a number of archaeological excavations in Greece. Her primary research concern is the notion of “influence” and artistic contacts between different cultures. Her doctoral thesis, “Antiquity through Medieval Eyes: The Appropriation of Antique Art in the Trecento”, deals with the perception and reception of Greek and Roman antiquity in fourteenth-century Italy. She is also interested in Italo-Byzantine artistic contacts and has published two articles on the influence of Byzantine iconographic types of the Virgin and Child in Italian painting.