Call for Papers & Applications

Pour la troisième année consécutive, l'Institut national d'histoire de l'art, la Villa Finaly et le Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz vont attribuer deux bourses de recherches de niveau postdoctoral nécessitant l'accès aux institutions florentines.

Ces bourses sont destinées aux chercheurs en histoire de l'art, français ou étrangers, souhaitant se rendre à Florence pour y effectuer une recherche dans les institutions locales. Les candidats doivent être titulaires d'un doctorat ou être conservateurs du patrimoine.

Le montant de la bourse, revalorisée en 2019, s'élève à 3000 €. Les lauréats sont logés à la Villa Finaly pour une durée à déterminer (participation de 25 € par jour au titre des frais d'entretien, en sus de la taxe de séjour de la ville de 3€ par nuit et par personne dans une limite de 7 nuitées consécutives). La Villa ne peut recevoir les boursiers qu'entre le 7 janvier et le 31 mars ou entre le 1er novembre et le 15 décembre.

Commission de sélection

La commission de sélection est composée d'un représentant de l'INHA, d'un représentant de la Villa Finaly, d'un membre en provenance des Universités de Paris (la Villa Finaly est la propriété des universités de Paris), d'un représentant du Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz et d'une personnalité extérieure choisie conjointement et d'un commun accord. La commission se réunit une fois par an pour choisir les lauréats de l'année suivante.

Dossier de candidature

Les dossiers de candidature pour la sélection 2021 doivent être déposés en ligne sur la plateforme de l'INHA ici au plus tard le 5 avril 2020 avant minuit. Seules les candidatures déposées en ligne sur la plateforme de l'INHA seront prises en compte.

Le dossier (en français ou en anglais) doit comprendre :

1. Une lettre de candidature adressée au directeur général de l'INHA et à la directrice de la Villa Finaly
2. Un curriculum vitae
3. Un programme de travail détaillé (4 pages maximum) en langue française ou anglaise comprenant:

  • une présentation générale de la recherche;
  • le sujet particulier nécessitant la présence du candidat à Florence;
  • les institutions de recherche où se trouvent la documentation et les archives à consulter;
  • un développement concernant la valorisation de cette recherche par le biais d'une conférence, d'un séminaire, l'établissement d'un partenariat avec des institutions de recherche sur place ou ailleurs, sera, particulièrement apprécié.

4. Une attestation d'une personnalité scientifique appuyant la candidature.
5. La fiche de renseignements dûment remplie.


Pour plus d'informations, contactez le secrétariat du Département des études et de la recherche de l'INHA au 01 47 03 85 81 ou à l'adresse

Organisation: Dr. Stephanie Hanke, Prof. Dr. Alessandro Nova, Dr. Mandy Richter; Prof. Dr. Gerhard Wolf
Guest scholars: Prof. Dr. Matthias Schnettger, Bettina Morlang-Schardon M.A., Davide Ferri M.A., Brenna Larson M.A.

"La plus mal connue – et la plus difficile à comprendre – des villes marchandes italiennes" – this is how the French Annalescharacterised the state of research on Genoa as recently as the 1980s. Indeed, the Ligurian port city continues to be an underrated entity receiving relatively little attention in art history on an international level. Yet given the city's complexity, it deserves more in-depth study. For centuries, Genoa not only dominated the naval wars of the Mediterranean, wide sectors of long-distance trade, and European banking, but it also boasts to this day one of the largest old town districts in Italy and offers a large number of uniquely concentrated palaces, church buildings and semi-urban villas. 

The Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz's 2020 study course hopes to contribute to a better understanding of la Superba – as the maritime and mercantile Republic was rightly called – and its aesthetic qualities, spatial properties, and political organisation. We will focus on the long secolo d'oro dei Genovesi in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, which saw a spectacular economic and artistic boom in Genoa. Andrea Doria's alliance with Charles V opened up new trade routes for the city as well as access to the financial operations of the Spanish ruling family. At the same time, the internal situation of Genoese society, which had been characterised by family disputes and foreign domination, was stabilised by aristocratic-republican rule. The resulting oligarchic ruling class was comprised of noble families who were both competitors and bound together as a "capitalist interest group" avant la lettre. These families had newfound needs to display their wealth and status given Genoa's changed foreign and domestic policy situation. The nobility invested heavily in the construction of palaces and villas, which were often decorated with elaborate fresco cycles that glorified the historic achievements of particular noble families, from battlefield victories to the discovery of America by Columbus. Rubens already recognised the exceptional quality of the Genoese noble residences in the seventeenth century, when he presented them as engravings in his Palazzi di Genova to northern European nobility as models of modern palaces that befitted their social status. In Genoa, the unique government use of private palaces for the accommodation of official guests of the Republic – a system for which Ennio Poleggi aptly coined the ambiguous phrase reggia repubblicana – offered a special incentive for such investments by the wealthy nobility. In marked contrast to the maritime Republic of Venice – which was simultaneously Genoa's rival, model, and antitype – state and private display of splendour went hand in hand within a system of continuous balancing and reframing of claims to power within the oligarchy.

Particular attention will be devoted to this interplay of public and dynastic interests, as the study course aims to examine art patronage and the urban gestalt of Genoa based on the city's specific historical and social conditions. We will focus on architecture, furnishing and decoration of selected city palaces and villas, the Doge's Palace and the famous Bank of San Giorgio, as well as on the investments of the uomini privati in church buildings, including the family churches so characteristic of Genoa. We will look at the visual strategies of political self-representation in murals and façade paintings, portraits, and honorific statues. Early modern restructurings and transformations of the medieval townscape will be examined through the Strada Nuova and Via Balbi as well as the Piazza Banchi. By looking at individual objects within a system of competing clients we seek to understand the artistic and political alterity of the city of Genoa and the ways in which its structures reverberate into contemporary European society.


Conceived as an excursion, the study course is aimed at master's and doctoral students as well as postdocs who have recently obtained their doctoral degrees in art history or related disciplines. Participants are expected to prepare a presentation in German, Italian or English and to be actively involved in the discussions. Good passive knowledge of German and – given the state of the literature – Italian is required. The Institute bears the cost of accommodation and will reimburse half of incurred travel costs; in addition, participants will be given a daily allowance. 

The application should include your CV, university transcripts and, if applicable, a brief summary of your master's thesis or dissertation project. You can suggest topics or indicate primary areas of interest for presentations, which will be taken into account where possible. Applicants will be notified by mid-May 2020 about the selection and assignment of presentation topics.

Please send your documents by 15 May 2020 in a PDF file (2 MB max.) with the subject line "Studienkurs 2020" to the office of Prof. Dr. Alessandro Nova ( and


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