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Saida Bondini

PhD student; Associate Lecturer

Thesis: ‘Networks of Family Patronage in Late Fifteenth and Early Sixteenth centuries Bologna’

Supervised by Dr Guido Rebecchini and Dr Nicolas Bock (Université de Lausanne)

My research aims to investigate the interplay between social relationships and artistic patronage of Bolognese patrician families during the last decades of the fifteenth century and the beginning of the sixteenth century. During this time, Bologna’s administration was de facto in the hands of the Bentivoglio family who, through a careful strategy of political alliance and cultural promotion, managed to create and perpetuate the image of a rich and powerful signoria. However, the authority of the ruling family strongly depended upon the support of the urban oligarchy who assumed a key position in the city’s political life but also in its cultural scene.

My dissertation studies the architectural patronage of these other families, showing how their contribution was crucial to the promotion of local artistic production and to the fostering of networks of artistic exchange.


  • 2015-present: Courtauld History of Art – Université de Lausanne, PhD Candidate
  • 2011-2013: MA, Université de Lausanne, Art History and Italian Literature. MA Thesis: “La confraternita di San Girolamo in Miramonte. Committenza laica e pittura a Bologna all’inizio del Cinquecento”. Supervisor: Dr. Nicolas Bock
  • 2008-2011: BA, Université de Lausanne, Art History and Italian Literature

Research Interests

  • Italian art and architecture (fifteenth and sixteenth centuries)
  • Bolognese painting and architecture
  • Family patronage
  • Religious painting

Conference Papers

  • ‘Building Patronage: Architectural Commissions in Late Fifteenth-Century Bologna’. Arte, Architettura e Umanesimo a Bologna: 1446-1530. Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna, Bologna, 13-15 June 2018.
  • ‘Art and Ideas on the Move (1400-1600)’.The Courtauld Institute of Art, 25 May 2018 (co-organiser).
  • A History of Families: Networks of Artistic Patronage in Late Fifteenth-century Bologna ‘. The Art of the Network: Visualising Social Relationships, 1400-1600. The Courtauld Institute of Art, 28 April 2017.
  • ‘Suivre les saints. La confrérie de Saint Jérôme en Miramonte à Bologne’. Saints au nord de l’Italie (XVe-XVIe siècles) : Art et propagande. Université de Lausanne, 13 March 2015.

Professional Experience and Teaching

  • 2018/2019: Associate Lecturer, BA2 Constellation Seminar Courses (Arts in Italy 1580-1680), Courtauld Institute of Art
  • 2016/2017: Teaching Assistant, Foundations Lecture Series (Renaissance), Courtauld Institute of Art
  • 2015: Exhibition Department, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne
  • 2014: Graduate Intern, Robert Lehman Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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