Research & Publication Grants

Chair Christian Kleinbub (2019) leads the Awards Committee that awards travel and research grants to Italian Art Society (IAS) members engaged in the study of Italian art and architecture from prehistory to the present. The current Committee Members are Sally Cornelison (2017), Kimberly Dennis (2019), Jessica Maier (2019), and Judith Steinhoff (2017). Applicants for IAS and IAS/Kress grants must be IAS members at the time of application and upon receipt and use of the award. Members who have received an IAS award in the past two years are not eligible to apply. IAS officers and committee members are not eligible to apply.

2018 IAS Research and Publication Grant:
Andrew Casper (Associate Professor, Miami University), The Shroud of Turin as Art, Icon, and Relic in Early Modern Italy
Abstract: An IAS research grant will support research for the fourth chapter of Casper’s book, The Shroud of Turin as Art, Icon, and Relic in Early Modern Italy. This chapter explores full-size painted reproductions of the Shroud of Turin produced in the late 1500s and 1600s. These acted as discursive commentaries on the authority of artistic productivity and its role in disseminating an image whose own generation is credited to divine creation. Such efforts to proliferate the Shroud through reproductive mediums pressured the singularity of the cult object, drawing complex and even contradictory relationships between multiplied copies and the original they reproduce. But the fact that the majority of painted reproductions were also put in contact with the original further grants them an authority similar to that of a secondary relic. Consequently, this material will chart historicized notions of original and copy in a way that challenges the dichotomy by which we normally understand them.

2018 IAS Dissertation Research Grant:
 Anna Mascorella (PhD candidate, Cornell University), Restore, Displace, Appropriate: Negotiating the Baroque Legacy in Fascist Rome 
Abstract: Italy’s National Fascist Party (PNF) initiated its redesign of Rome in the mid-1920s, creating commanding boulevards and venerating select historic monuments as part of a goal to modernize the capital and, by extension, revitalize the nation. While the fascist regime celebrated the “Italianness” of Rome’s ancient, medieval, and Renaissance heritage while renovating the city, the foreign associations of Rome’s Baroque past proved to be contentious. Considering the Baroque as a fundamentally global style and as a period in which external powers, predominately Spanish, exercised substantial authority in the Eternal City and formal control over the Italian South, Mascorella’s dissertation analyzes how the regime confronted the architectural and sociocultural legacies of early modern intra-European colonialism in Rome’s urban fabric. Examining how the regime restored churches, displaced the lower classes, and appropriated enduring Baroque projects, it illustrates how the PNF identified and, in turn, mediated the “foreign” across the capital in an effort to reassert Rome’s prestige on its own aesthetic terms. In so doing, her dissertation argues that the regime reified its zealous nationalism through the redesign of Rome by negotiating the myriad legacies of the Baroque. The project’s cross-chronological approach questions the historiographic consequences of nationalism and contributes to the current scholarly reexamination of the Baroque while unveiling the subtle ways in which xenophobia manifests itself in the built environment.


Past Research and Publication Grant Recipients

Fogliano/Lester Dissertation Research Grant Recipient for 2017. Victoria Addona, PhD Candidate, Harvard University, “Figuring Space: Architecture and Artistic Collaboration in Bernardo Buontalenti’s House-School (1563-1608)”

Fogliano/Lester Research and Publication Grant Recipient for 2017Maria DePrano (Assistant Professor of Art History and Visual Culture, Global Art Studies Program, University of California, Merced), The Tornabuoni: Family, Women, and Art Patronage in Renaissance Florence (Cambridge University Press).

Dissertation Research Grant for 2017Lia Costiner (PhD Candidate, University of Oxford), “The Illustrated Italian Vita della Vergine e di Christo and its Impact on Italian Renaissance Visual Culture.”

Fogliano/Lester Dissertation Research Grant Recipient for 2016. Krisztina Ilko, University of Cambridge, “Artistic Patronage of the Augustinian Hermits in Central Italy in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries.”

Fogliano/Lester Research Grant Recipient for 2016. Ioanna Christoforaki, Research Centre for Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Art of the Academy of Athens, From Rags to Riches: Importing Cloth and Exporting Fashion between Venice and Cyprus.” Read abstract

2016 IAS Dissertation Grant Recipient. Kelly Whitford, Brown University, “Embodying Belief: Crossing the Ponte Sant’Angelo with Bernini’s Angels.”  Read abstract

2016 Research & Publication Grant Recipient. Amy Neff, University of Tennessee, A Soul’s Journey into God: Art, Theology, and Devotion in the Supplicationes variae (Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Plut. 25.3).  Read abstract

Research and Publication Grant Recipients for 2015 Extra Research Grant. Alison Levy, Independent Scholar, for Misfits, Monstrosities, and Madness at the Villa Ambrogiana. Read abstract

Johanna Heinrichs, Dominican University, for Mobile Lives, Stable Homes: The Palladian Villa between City and Country. Read abstract

2015. Catherine R. Carver, University of Michigan / Wayne State University, for “Mapping Mark and Erasure: Siting Parish Architecture in Medieval Rome.”  Read abstract

2014. Danielle Carrabino, Lecturer, Rhode Island School of Design, illustrations for her book, Caravaggio and the Caravaggesque in Sicily, under review. Read abstract

2014. Allie Terry-Fritsch, Associate Professor, Bowling Green State University, research in Florence for her book, Somaesthetics and the Renaissance: Viewing Bodies at Work in Early Modern Italy, under review. Read abstract

2013. Felicia Else, Associate Professor, Gettysburg College, research in Florence for her book, The Politics of Water in the Art and Festivals of Medici Florence: From Neptune Fountain to Naumachia (contracted with Ashgate Press).  Read abstract