Anita Viola Sganzerla - The Courtauld Institute of Art

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Dr Anita Viola Sganzerla

Associate Lecturer

Anita Sganzerla completed her PhD at The Courtauld Institute of Art under the supervision of Dr Sheila McTighe in 2014. She previously received a BA in Media Studies from the Università Cattolica di Milano (2005), a Graduate Diploma (2008) and an MA (2009) from The Courtauld. Her doctoral thesis centres on a group of prints and paintings by the Genoese artist Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione (1609-1664), with a focus on the dialogue between invention and erudition in his works. While a doctoral student she received the support of the Steven and Elena Heinz PhD Programme Scholarship, and the Charles and Barbara Robertson Studentship Fund Scholarship. Part of her research was carried out during the tenure of a Rome Scholarship at the British School at Rome (2012). In 2011-2013 she worked as a Print Room Assistant in the Courtauld Prints and Drawings Study Room, and co-curated, together with Dr Chris Fischer, the display Drawing in Naples, 1550-1800 (The Courtauld Gallery, 2011).

Anita’s research addresses the technical and conceptual complexity of works on paper, and the relationship between painting and the graphic arts in the early modern period. Individual artists include Giorgio Vasari, Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione and Stefano della Bella.

She recently co-edited the volume I Pittori del Dissenso. Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, Andrea de Leone, Pier Francesco Mola, Pietro Testa, Salvator Rosa (Rome, 2014). In 2013–15 she was Research Assistant on the book project The Drawings of Giorgio Vasari (1511–1574) by Florian Härb (Rome, 2015). She has been teaching at The Courtauld since 2014 and in 2015-16 she was Assistant Lecturer at the University of Kent, Canterbury.

Anita is currently Associate Lecturer in Early Modern Art at The Courtauld and also works as an independent scholar and curator.

Teaching 2016-17

  • Courtauld Summer School Course, Giorgio Vasari: Author and Artist (forthcoming July 2017)
  • Graduate Diploma Constellation Course, Arts in Italy: The Court Artist seminars (Spring 2017)
  • MA History of Art Special Option, Print Culture and the Early Modern Arts in Italy, France and Spain (Autumn 2017)

Past Teaching

  • BA1 Topic Course: Graphic Arts in the Italian Renaissance
  • Graduate Diploma Topic Course: Graphic Arts in the Italian Renaissance

Recent conference papers

  • ‘The Metaphor of Circe as the Court in some Works by Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione’, The 62nd Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, Boston, 31 March–2 April 2016
  • Temporalis Aeternitas: early modern Prints, Time and Memory’, Images: Signs and Phenomena of Time, Hamburg University, conference, 12–14 November 2015
  • ‘Self-Knowledge as a Quest in the Art of G. B. Castiglione, il Grechetto’, Know Thyself: A Conference on Early Modern Images, University College London, Department of History of Art, 2 May 2015

Conferences organized

  • Co-organiser (with Stefan Albl and Giulia Weston), I Pittori del Dissenso. Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione – Andrea de Leone – Pier Francesco Mola – Pietro Testa – Salvator Rosa, International Study Day, Istituto Storico Austriaco, Rome, 17 May 2013
  • Co-organiser (with Sheila McTighe and Emily Gray), The Printed Image within a Culture of Print: Prints, Publishing and the Early Modern Arts in Europe, 1450-1700, conference, The Courtauld Institute of Art, 9 April 2011

Exhibitions and displays curated

  • Artists’ Portraits in Prints, Print Room Display, The Courtauld Gallery, 2013
  • Co-curator, Back-to-front. Drawings and Prints from the Courtauld Collection, Print Room Display, The Courtauld Gallery, pop-up exhibition organised as part of the Early Modern Research Symposium, CHASE, 1 October 2012
  • Co-curator (with Chris Fischer) Drawing in Naples, 1550-1800, Room 12, display to accompany the exhibition The Spanish Line: Drawings from Ribera to Picasso, The Courtauld Gallery, 2011-2012

Research interests

  • Works on paper in Renaissance and Early Modern Italy
  • Early Modern print culture
  • Technical experimentation in printmaking
  • The print market in Seicento Rome
  • Seventeenth-century art in Genoa

Recent Publications

Essays and catalogue entries

  • Temporalis Aeternitas: early modern Prints, Time and Memory’, Images: Signs and Phenomena of Time, Visual Past, eds. Jacob Bracker and Tim Jegodzinski (forthcoming 2017)
  • ‘Stefano della Bella’s Hand-screen with Picture Puzzles on the Themes of Love and Fortune and Early Modern Print Culture in Florence’, Print Culture and the Early Modern Arts, ed. Sheila McTighe (forthcoming)
  • Catalogue entries, Master Drawings: Vasari to Bonnard, W. M. Brady & Co., New York, January 2017
  • Catalogue entries, Old master and 19th-century drawings, 1540-1890, W. M. Brady & Co., New York, January 2015
  • ‘Drawing in the Master’s Studio: Between Tradition and Innovation’, Teacher’s Resource. Mantegna to Matisse: Master Drawings from the Courtauld Collection, eds. Joff Whitten and Mary Camp (The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, July 2012).

Edited volumes

  • Co-editor (with Stefan Albl and Giulia Weston), I Pittori del Dissenso. Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, Andrea de Leone, Pier Francesco Mola, Pietro Testa, Salvator Rosa (Rome, 2014)

Research assistant

  • Florian Härb, The Drawings of Giorgio Vasari (1511–1574) (Rome, 2015)

Research groups

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