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 Yet by his death his work was already considered outdated and he became a relative nonentity, primarily remembered for teaching Raphael.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.
Further Information and application
For informal enquiries, please contact Professor Michelle O’Malley (email@example.com) or Marika Spring (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 (email@example.com) and copied to Catherine Higgitt (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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