The Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max Planck Institute for Art History annually awards a publication prize for outstanding art historical studies dedicated to the history of Italian art or architecture (from late antiquity to the present day), ideally reflecting the main research areas of the Bibliotheca Hertziana, such as culture-specific spatial knowledge and spatial concepts in maps, pictures and texts; the history of Neapolitan art; Rome's art scene in the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as the history of aesthetics and art theory. Studies with innovative or interdisciplinary research approaches, which are devoted to Italian, more specifically Neapolitan and Roman, art and cultural history in their European or global context, or focus on epistemological, mediumtheoretical or aesthetic questions of the subject in the foreground of their investigation, are especially welcome.
The prizewinners are offered comprehensive proofreading and editing of their manuscript, and, at the discretion of the Bibliotheca Hertziana, the prize may be supplemented by a research fellowship of up to three months in Rome for the purpose of revising the manuscript for publication. The winning manuscript will be included in one of the Bibliotheca Hertziana's renowned publication series.
Candidates may submit only complete research projects written in either German, Italian or English. The maximum admitted text length for the entire manuscript is 1.000.000 charcaters. The prize is aimed at researchers of all career levels. To participate in the selection process, the following documents must be submitted (all documents must be summarized in a single PDF file):
- Summary of the research project on 5–10 pages, taking into account the scientific approach and presenting the most important research results
- Table of contents and indication of the number of all characters and illustrations of the entire study
- Short curriculum vitae with contact details and list of publications
From the first application process, five projects will be chosen for final selection. The finalists are asked to submit the entire manuscript with the corresponding images.
The call for applications is usually published in June.
Adrian Bremenkamp (2019)
Research Project: Altniederländische Tafelmalerei in der Krone Aragon. Tradition und Übersetzung
Jana Graul (2019)
Research Project: Invidia als Künstlerlaster. Neid in Kunst und Kunstliteratur der Frühen Neuzeit
Anna Magnago Lampugnani (2018)
Research Project: Der begeisterte Künstler. Inspirationsvorstellungen in der italienischen Kunst der Frühen Neuzeit
Chiara Perin (2018)
Research Project: "Il coraggio dell'errore". Renato Guttuso e il realismo italiano, 1944–1954