Carlotta Castellani, Ph.D.
4A Lab Fellow
Carlotta Castellani received her Ph.D. in Art History, Literature and Cultural Studies in a joint program of the Universities of Florence and Paris IV Sorbonne (2016) with a dissertation on "The myth of the artist and of the work in Balzac's Le chef d'œuvre inconnu." She is currently working on a book edited with Max Seidel on the subject. At the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, she was Wissenschaftliche Assistentin of Max Seidel (2009-2017). During her doctoral studies, she was awarded a fellowship from the Fondazione Leone Ambron Castiglioni (2014), she worked at the Soprintendenza Archeologia, Belle Arti e Paesaggio in Florence (2016) and, since 2014, she has been responsible for the historical archive of the German artist residency Villa Romana. In 2019 she was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Center for Italian Modern Art in New York, in a joint program with the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
"Plants as Inventors": the impact of Raoul Heinrich Francé's theories on El Lissitzky in the context of the International Constructivist Movement