Cigdem Özel , M.A.

Predoctoral Fellow

Main Focus

  • Art in the 17th an 18th century
  • Female art patronage
  • Material culture
  • History of collecting in Vienna and Naples
  • Ephemeral art in the 17th and 18th century

Research Project

"Antike Wunder und eine moderne Königin" – The art patronage of Maria Carolina (1752–1814), Queen of Naples-Sicily, in the context of artistic and cultural exchange between Naples and Vienna

Publications (Selection)

  • "Die Tempel von Paestum als Deser. Der Tafelaufsatz einer Königin im Kunsthistorischen Muse-um", in Fortunata Neapolis: Kunst- und Kulturtransfer zwischen Neapel, Wien und Mitteleuropa, hg. v. Sebastian Schütze, Berlin 2020, S. 175–201.
  • diverse Katalogeinträge in Caravaggio & Bernini. Entdeckung der Gefühle, hg. v. Gudrun Swoboda u. Stefan Weppelmann (Ausstellungskatalog Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien u. Rijksmuseum), München u.a. 2019.
  • "Inszenierte Eucharistiefrömmigkeit unter Kaiser Leopold I.", in Spettacolo barocco! Triumph des Theaters (Ausstellungskatalog Theatermuseum Wien), Petersberg 2016, S. 143–149.

Curriculum Vitae

Cigdem Özel studied Art History and History in Heidelberg, Florence and Vienna. She completed her studies with a thesis on ephemeral pictures for the adoration of the Eucharist during the reign of Emperor Leopold I. Lately she worked as a Curatorial Assistant in the Picture Gallery, as well as an art educator in the Collection of the Picture Gallery and the Kunstkammer in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. Since September 2020 Cigdem Özel is a Predoctoral Fellow at the Bibliotheca Hertziana in the Department of Prof. Dr. Tanja Michalsky, working on a dissertation project on the art patronage of Maria Carolina (1752–1814), Queen of Naples-Sicily, supervised by Prof. Dr. Sebastian Schütze.

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