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Miss Elisabetta Maistri, BA (Padova, 2012), MA (Venezia, 2015), MA (Venezia, 2017)

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A graduate in Economic Law from the University of Padua (July, 2012), during the academic year 2012/2013 I was visiting student at the University of Trento and a MA student at Ca' Foscari University of Venice. From Ca' Foscari, I obtained two MAs (March, 2015 and July, 2017) while taking advantage of any internship and job opportunity I could to gain more working experience in the art sector both public and private. In June 2016, I also obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Registrar Profession from the Istituto Europeo del Design of Venice. My first MA is in Economics and Management of Arts and Cultural activities (March, 2015), for which I wrote a final dissertation about the implication of digital tools in the study of art history, whereas my second MA is in History of Arts and Conservation of Artistic Heritage (July, 2017). For this final dissertation, I reconstructed the arts patronage of the Archiduke Charles of Habsburg in Barcelona and Cataluña during the War of Spanish Succession. This gave me an invaluable opportunity to research in Barcelona, which led me to the decision to travel several times to Spain between 2016 and 2018 as an independent researcher. My long stays in Spain provided me with an in-depth visual knowledge of Spanish monuments, art collections and of its territory. 

Research project

My PhD research investigates the reception of Spanish art in Italy throughout the Risorgimento and the Kingdom of Italy. My approach entails a comparative dimension, exploring the way in which the Italian taste for Spanish art differed from its legacy in British and French cultures. Special emphasis is put on the role played by Spanish and Italian art academies in influencing the cultural exchanges between the two countries. I would also explore various curatorial choices in landmark historical exhibitions or permanent displays featuring Spanish art in major Italian museums and collections.

Research Interests

  • Curatorial studies
  • European Cultural History
  • European urbanism c. 1400 - 1900
  • Italian art c. 1400 - 1800
  • Museology and Museography
  • Scenography and Theatre Buildings
  • Spain c. 1700 - 1936
  • Spanish art c. 1700 - 1936
  • The history of pigments and colours

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