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 from the fifteenth to the 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

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. L’illusione della realtà (Verona: Palazzo della Gran Guardia), 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 and Talks

‘Cittadini Networks and Social Bonds in Early Modern Venice’, Venetian Seminar, St John’s 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 Venice’s 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, L’illusione 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).



Twitter: @giuliainvenice