CIHA 2016 in Beijing

34th World Congress of Art History

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The hallux valgus of the Nymph Stories of imperfect beauty from Sandro Botticelli to Audrey Hepburn

Session 19 History of Beauty vs. History of Art


Marzia Faietti is currently Art Historian Director at the Gallerie degli Uffizi, holding the position of Curator of the Gabinetto dei Disegni e delle Stampe.

Since academic year 2000-2001 she is adjunct professor at the School of Specialisation in Art History at Bologna University initially teaching History of drawing, engraving and graphic arts, then Museology, and finally Theory and methods of art criticism, while since academic year 2011-2012 she is also adjunct professor in the teaching of History of drawing, engraving and graphic arts at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan. She has held lessons and seminars at other Italian (Turin, Siena) and foreign (Paris, EPHE) Universities.

She has curated various exhibitions in Italy and abroad, working for prestigious institutions in Europe (from the Graphische Sammlung Albertina to the Département des Arts graphiques du musée du Louvre, the Department of Prints and Drawings of the British Museum, and The Ashmolean Museum) and in the United States (the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the J. Paul Getty Museum).

She has participated in and organized international conferencesand published numerous articles and papersas well as diverse monographies on specific topics or artists.

Her research interests mainly focus on Ferrarese painting in the post-Tridentine era; graphic art as well as Bolognese and Emilian drawings from the fifteenth century and developments in the entire modern era up to the nineteenth century, with openings to the contemporary; the graphic language of Andrea Mantegna; the antiquarian culture of Parmigianino; Italian erotic engraving from the sixteenth century and its relations with antiquity. In addition to these, a more specific line of interest focuses on the graphic sign and its different implications, even theoretical, from a perspective of comparison between different disciplines and civilizations: in this regard the international conference organized together with Gerhard Wolf and in collaboration with the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut (the series of Linea conferences, Florence 2007, 2010, 2011 and Tokyo 2013 – of which the last volume of three publications at all, The Power of Line, was published by Hirmer, Munich, in 2015).