Giulia Zanon

Giulia Zanon

PhD Student

Summary: Citizenship, Scuole Grandi and Artistic Patronage in Early Modern Venice



Before starting my PhD at the University of Leeds in October 2016, I studied at the University of Verona in Italy. I hold a first class BA Honours degree in Cultural Heritage (2011), and gained a distinction for my MA in History and Geography of Europe (2014). My academic interests span the fifteenth to eighteenth centuries and focus on the relationship between art and society in Italy.

My research

My doctoral research aims to highlight the role of the family in shaping society and culture in early modern Venice, using an interdisciplinary methodology. Specifically, my research intends to draw attention to the emerging correlation between the artistic patronage of an important group in Venetian society, the cittadini, and the prestigious positions which they held in Venice’s scuole grandi. This study breaks new ground by contextualizing the part played by art in affirming and displaying the prestige of patrons and their family, during the period c. 1530-­1640.

Supervised by Dr Alex Bamji (School of History) and Dr Richard Checketts (School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies)

Prizes, Awards and Scholarships

• Leeds Anniversary Research Scholarship – 2016-2019
• ACI Scholarship – 2008-2014
• University of Verona Scholarship – 2008-2011


Giulia Zanon, ‘Madonna col Bambino in trono e santi, detta Pala Bonaldi’ (‘Enthroned Virgin and Child with Saints, the Bonaldi Altarpiece’) in Paolo Veronese. L’illusione della realtà (Paolo Veronese: The illusion of reality), eds Bernard Aikema and Paola Marini (Milan, 2014), cat. 2.10, pp. 142-143.

Giulia Zanon, ‘L’Islam a Venezia. La ricezione del mondo musulmano nelle opere d’arte’ (‘Islam in Venice. The reception of the Muslim world in the works of art’), Quaderni di Parentesi Storiche, 1 (2013), 15-29.

Conference papers

September 2014: Presentation of MA research findings at the international conference on Paolo Veronese which was held in Verona during the exhibition Paolo Veronese, L’illusione della realtà (Paolo Veronese: The illusion of reality).



Twitter: @giuliainvenice