Warburg Institute AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Phd Studentship, UK

Publish Date: May 26, 2017

Deadline: Jul 13, 2017

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Phd Studentship

The Workshop and its Painters: Perugino and the Perugineschi in Florence and Perugia

Applications are invited for a Collaborative Doctoral Partnership PhD studentship, to be undertaken at the Warburg Institute (University of London) and the National Gallery (based in the Curatorial Department). This three-year (full-time) studentship commences on 1 October 2017 and will be jointly supervised by Professor Michelle O’Malley (Warburg Institute) and Dr Matthias Wivel (National Gallery). The student will spend the majority of their time at the National Gallery in the first year, undertaking field work in Perugia and Florence in the second year before spending their final year based at the Warburg Institute.

Summary of Project

Pietro Perugino (living 1469-died 1523) was the most successful Italian painter of the end of the 15th century. He enjoyed great international success, and his 'sweet style' was universally praised. Yet by his death his work was already considered outdated and he became a relative nonentity, primarily remembered for teaching Raphael. He remains the only 15th century Italian painter known to have operated two workshops in different cities. While both are documented, Perugino's rental of spaces in Florence from 1487 to 1511 and in Perugia from 1501 to 1513 complicates matters in regard to how he deployed assistants, in a career that ranged from Venice to Naples and Rome to Fano.

The project's overall aim is to improve understanding of the management and operation of painting workshops in Renaissance Italy. The project will draw on the case study of Pietro Perugino to challenge our understanding of the numerous serial and derivative paintings produced within the workshops of Florentine masters in the late-15th and early-16th century. The research will investigate how Perugino managed production and used – and famously reused – material in two workshops, as well as how individual works were made by numerous assistants at different levels of expertise. The innovation of the research lies in its investigation of Perugino's two workshops, never properly analysed previously.

In addition to the thesis, academic outcomes will include scholarly articles, a possible monograph, participation in (inter)national scholarly conferences and workshops, as well as the Warburg’s Work in Progress seminars and research events at the National Gallery and the Warburg.

Both partner organisations and the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partner consortium will provide opportunities for training and career development.


This Collaborative Doctoral Partnership PhD studentship is funded by the AHRC. The full studentship award for students with UK residency* includes fees and a stipend of £14,553 per annum plus £550 p.a. additional stipend payment for Collaborative Doctoral students for 3 years. In addition, the Student Development Fund (equivalent to 0.5 years of stipend payments) is also available to support the cost of training, work placements, and other development opportunities. Students with EU residency are eligible for a fees-only studentship award. International applicants are normally not eligible to apply for this studentship. The National Gallery will provide up to £1000 a year to cover travel and other costs the student incurs travelling to carry out research at the Gallery and other locations.

*UK residency means having settled status in the UK that is no restriction on how long you can stay in the UK; and having been “ordinarily resident” in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the studentship that is you must have been normally residing in the UK apart from temporary or occasional absences; and not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purposes of full-time education.


Applicants must have a good first degree (usually a minimum 2:1) or a Masters degree (or equivalent experience) in art history. They should be highly motivated individuals with a keen interest in art history, particularly Italian Renaissance painting. Students must also meet eligibility requirements of the Art and Humanities Research Council for graduate students. The minimum English language proficiency requirement for candidates who have not undertaken a higher degree at a UK HE institution is IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in all skills).

The closing date for applications is 12:00 noon (UK time) on 20 June 2017.

Interviews will take place on 13 July 2017.

Further Information and application

For informal enquiries, please contact Professor Michelle O’Malley (michelle.omalley@sas.ac.uk) or Marika Spring (marika.spring@ng-london.org.uk).

Application is by covering letter, a 500-word description of the strand the student might take through the project, as well as a CV of no more than two pages and a transcript of his or her most recent degree (BA or MA). Applications should be sent to Megan Littlewood (megan.littlewood@sas.ac.uk) and copied to Catherine Higgitt (catherine.higgitt@ng-london.org.uk).

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