Ursula Nilgen Hertziana Foundation

Ursula Nilgen (1931–2018) was one of the most important twentieth-century scholars of medieval Roman art, in particular of its political iconography. She was an assistant at the Bibliotheca Hertziana and latterly became the first woman in Germany to obtain a professorship in art history.

The Foundation was created by Nilgen at the end of 2018 with the aim of promoting research on medieval Italian art (up to about 1250) at the Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max Planck Institute for Art History. This purpose is fulfilled by supporting excellent young researchers, promoting the preservation and conservation of early medieval Italian art, and organizing conferences and seminars.

After its establishment, the Foundation financed a fellowship as part of the project “Mapping Sacred Spaces”. From this year onwards, the Foundation will sponsor at least one six-month fellowship every year in order to support young scholars working on medieval art in Italy. In addition, travel grants and other subsidies are also regularly advertised. The current funding offers are published under Opportunities.

The members of the Foundation’s scientific committee are:
Prof. Dr. Tanja Michalsky
Prof. Dr. Carola Jäggi
Prof. Dr. Valentino Pace


Chiara Audizi, M.A. (2023)
Clients and Artists: Spaces and Forms of Self-Representation in Medieval Churches of Basilicata (XII–XIII Centuries)

Ruggero Longo, Ph.D. (2019/2020)
Mapping Sacred Spaces - The Digital Archive Project. Searching, Collecting, Cataloging, Archiving Medieval Marble Liturgical Furnishings and Decorations


A Day in Honour of Ursula Nilgen – and her Foundation for Italian Medieval Studies at the Bibliotheca Hertziana

Public event without registration
Nov 6, 2023 09:45 AM - 05:15 PM (Local Time Germany)
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rome
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