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Saida Bondini

PhD student

Thesis: ‘Networks of Family Patronage in Late Fifteenth-century 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. 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 family never officially acquired the title of signori of the city and their authority strongly depended upon the support of the urban oligarchy who assumed a key position in the city’s life.

My dissertation explores the interdependence between these two actors – the Bentivoglio and the urban patriciate – showing that this was not limited to the political and social spheres, but it strongly affected the local patronage systems. To this end, my research considers the circulation of architectural and pictorial models among a group of noble families, focusing in particular on the dynamics that shaped these networks of artistic exchanges.


  • 2015-present: Courtauld History of Art, 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)
  • Fifteenth-century Bolognese painting
  • Family patronage
  • Religious painting

Conference papers

  • “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, March 2015.
  • 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.

Recent publications

  • Catalogue entries in Les Peintures italiennes et espagnoles (XIVe-XVIIIe siècles) au Musée d’art et d’histoire de Genève. Mauro Natale, Frédéric Elsig (eds.) Milan: Silvana, 2015.
  • Catalogue entries in Regeneration3. New perspectives in Photography. Anne Lacoste and Lydia Dorner (eds.), Milan: Skira, 2015.

Professional experience

  • 2016: 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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