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 from the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries and focus on the relationship between art and society in Italy.
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 Venices 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.
Prizes, Awards and Scholarships
2018: RSA/Samuel H. Kress Foundation Travel Grant, for presenting at 64th Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, New Orleans ($500)
2018: AIRIcerca, bursary to cover RSA registration fees ($130)
2017-2018: PGR Extraordinary Fund School of History (£300)
2016-2019: Leeds Anniversary Research Scholarship, PhD fees and maintenance
2008-2013: ACI Scholarship, BA and MA maintenance
2008-2011: University of Verona Scholarship, BA fees and maintenance
Giulia Zanon, Madonna col Bambino in trono e santi, detta Pala Bonaldi (Enthroned Virgin and Child with Saints, the Bonaldi Altarpiece) in Paolo Veronese. Lillusione della realtà (Verona: Palazzo della Gran Guardia), eds Bernard Aikema and Paola Marini (Milan, 2014), cat. 2.10, pp. 142-143.
Giulia Zanon, LIslam a Venezia. La ricezione del mondo musulmano nelle opere darte (Islam in Venice. The reception of the Muslim world in the works of art), Quaderni di Parentesi Storiche, 1 (2013), 15-29.
Conference Papers and Talks
Cittadini Networks and Social Bonds in Early Modern Venice, Venetian Seminar, St Johns College, Cambridge, 12 May 2018.
Confraternities, Cittadini, and the Cult of San Francesco di Paola in Early Modern Venice, 64th Renaissance Society of America (RSA) Annual Meeting, New Orleans, 22-24 March 2018.
Leadership, Family and Social Identity in Venices Confraternities, c. 1500-1700, PGR Annual Colloquium, University of Leeds, 11 May 2017.
Research Experience and Public Outreach
2014: Presentation of my research findings at the international conference on Paolo Veronese, which was held in Verona during the exhibition Paolo Veronese, Lillusione della realtà (Verona: Palazzo della Gran Guardia).
HIST1300: Primary Sources for the Historian (UG Level 1 History module), strand title Casanova: Sexuality, Sociability and Society in Eighteenth-Century Europe (Spring 2018).