Prof. Dr. Alessandro Nova

Prof. Dr. Alessandro Nova

Prof. Dr. Alessandro Nova




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Curriculum Vitae

He studied "Lettere e Filosofia" at the Università degli Studi di Milano and Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, where he received his Ph.D. with a thesis on the artistic patronage of Pope Julius III. in 1982. In 1986 he earned his research doctorate from the Università degli Studi di Milano with a thesis on the Brescian artist Girolamo Romanino in the context of north Italian painting and sixteenth-century culture. His studies were funded by the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung (1985–86, 1989), J. Paul Getty Foundation (1986–1987), and by the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (1992–1994).

1988–94 he was Assistant Professor at Stanford University (California, USA). He taught at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, at École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales – CEHTA (Centre d'histoire et théorie des arts) in Paris and in other international Institutions.

1994–2006 he was Professor of Renaissance Art at Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt am Main. In 2006 and 2007 he was the managing director of the research center on the Modern Age in Frankfurt (Zentrum zur Erforschung der Frühen Neuzeit, Renaissance Institut). He was appointed Honorary Professor of Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt am Main in July 2006 and since October 2006 he is Director of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz. From October–December 2017 he is a fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies "BildEvidenz. History and Aesthetics" at Freie Universität Berlin.

Fields of research

  • Art and Culture of the Early Modern Age
  • Art of Mannerism
  • German Edition of Giorgio Vasari's Vite
  • Theory and Perception of Art in the 16th Century (Representation of Invisible Worlds)
  • Leonardo da Vinci (Anatomy, Optics, Philosophy)
  • Religious Orders as Artistic Patrons
  • North Italian Painting in the 16th Century (Parmigianino, Romanino)
  • Drawing of the Early Modern Age
  • Patrons of the Early Modern Age
  • Methodological Questions

Current research

Memberships in committees and scientific councils

  • Founder of the Forum Kunstgeschichte Italiens (with Georg Satzinger and Ulrich Pfisterer, 2005)
  • Malvasia advisory board of the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA, since 2008)
  • Comitato consultivo internazionale per la realizzazione dei Nuovi Archivi del Futurismo (since 2009)
  • Consiglio scientifico del Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio, Vicenza (since 2011)
  • Scientific Advisory Board der Historisch-Kulturwissenschaftlichen Fakultät, Universität Wien (since 2014)
  • Commissione per l'edizione nazionale dei manoscritti e dei disegni di Leonardo da Vinci (since 2018)

past memberships

  • Consiglio scientifico del Centro di Palazzo Te, Mantova (2007–2010)
  • Courtauld Institute Research Forum Advisory Board, London (2008–2011)
  • Wolfenbütteler Arbeitskreis für Renaissanceforschung (2010–2012)
  • Conseil scientifique de l'École Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris (2010–2013)
  • Review Board Art History of Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (103-01, 2012–2015)
  • Comitato Scientifico delle Gallerie degli Uffizi, Firenze (2015–2017)

Memberships on scientific editorial boards

  • Zeitsprünge – Studies in Early Modern History, Culture and Science (since 2006)
  • NTM – Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Wissenschaften, Technik und Medizin (since 2008)
  • Collection Théorie de l'Art / Art Theory, 1400–1800 (since 2009)
  • Rivista d'arte. Periodico internazionale di arte medievale e moderna (since 2010)
  • ACTA-ARTIS. Estudis d'Árt Modern (since 2011)
  • Max Planck Research Library for the History and Development of Knowledge (since 2011)
  • Römische Historische Mitteilungen, ed. by Österreichisches Historisches Institut in Rom (since 2011)
  • Journeys. The International Journal of Travel & Travel Writing (since 2012)
  • Opus Incertum (since 2013)
  • La storia dell'arte. Temi, Viella (since 2015)
  • Figura. Studi sull'immagine nella Tradizione Classica (since 2016)


  • Grande Ufficiale Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana (2005)
  • Honorary Professor at the Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main (since 2006)
  • Honorary Member of the Accademia delle Arti del Disegno, Florence (since 2008)

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