Publication Prize

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.

Only completed research projects may be submitted.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.

The current call for applications is available here.

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