Marco Calafati

Florence / Italy

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I am currently completing my post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Paris, Sorbonne École Pratique des Hautes Études; I fully expect to complete this by December 2014. In addition, the last academic year, I was a researcher on a team working on the archives of the Duomo, Santa Maria del Fiore (2013-2014). I hold my doctorate (PhD) from the University of Florence, Department of History of Architecture (2008) and a Masters degree in History of Art (2004) from the same university (https://sorbonne-fr.academia.edu/MarcoCalafati)

My prior research experience in the art and architecture of the Italian Renaissance includes international research between Europe and the United States. I was a fellow at The Getty Research Institute (2007). I was a postdoctoral fellow at Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence (2009-2010). I was also a researcher in The Rare Book Collection at the University of Pennsylvania (2010). I also spent time in The Morgan Library in New York (2010). My doctoral dissertation looks at the use of a relatively new methodology of investigation of the art and architecture of the Italian Renaissance, in particular of sixteenth-century Florence. On this subject I published my first book: Bartolomeo Ammannati. I palazzi Grifoni e Giugni. La nuova architettura dei palazzi fiorentini del secondo Cinquecento. It was awarded the “Fondazione Carlo Marchi” prize and was published by Leo S. Olschki (2011).

My current research focuses on the artistic and architectural patronage of Florentines between Italy and France, especially at the court of Catherine de Medici. Being particularly interested in the relations between European countries, my current project explores geographical variety including strong interdisciplinary interests beyond the boundaries of the Italian peninsula and France; the relations between visual history and cultural exchange between Europe and the East, as well as the New World. This project reflects interests that I hope to deepen the study and to teaching contexts in the future. One area which fascinates me is the place of Italian Renaissance Art and Architecture and cultural exchange with Europe, the East and the New Word. This would serve as excellent material for courses on Italian culture and I would eagerly welcome the opportunity to develop such a course in the future.

Teaching has been an important part of my training at the University of Florence and as you will see, my background would be very useful to your department. I have had considerable teaching experience including undergraduate and post-graduate courses in Art History, Renaissance Art & Architecture, several other courses including first and second-year History of Renaissance Art, as well as different discussion sections. The latter experience introduced me to the pleasures of leading class discussion and the challenges of transforming new material into useful discussion sections each week. As my CV, I believe that my teaching and tutoring experience, combined with my course work and research background in history of italian Renaissance art and architecture, makes me a strong candidate for the position. I was a tutor and an assistant professor of History of Renaissance Art at Middlebury College, Italy (2005-2008) and professor at the University of Florence, Centro di Cultura per Stranieri (2007-2009). I have also worked as a teaching mentor for new graduate students, a position that involved instruction in research methods, development of course materials, and evaluation of new graduate instructors. Among the most satisfying experiences for me as a teacher has been instructing students on an individual basis as a tutor in Middlebury College.
Marco Calafati
Marco Calafati