Sara Vitacca, Ph.D.

Wissenschaftliche Assistentin

Main Focus

  • Renaissance Reception and Historiography
  • Italian Art of the 19th and 20th Centuries
  • Body and Gender Studies
  • 19th Century Art and Visual Culture
  • Transnational Methods and Practices in Art History

Research Project

Virility in the City: The Male Body and Urban Space in Rome, from Italian Unification to Fascism

Publications (Selection)

  • Bacchanales Modernes! le Nu, l’ivresse et la danse dans l’art français du XIXe siècle (Ausstellungskatalog Ajaccio/Bordeaux), hg. v. Sandra Buratti-Hasan u. Sara Vitacca, Mailand 2016.
  • “Michel-Ange et les divinissime mani de l’artiste: un topos réinventé au XIXe siècle”, Studiolo. Revue d’histoire de l’art de l’Académie de France à Rome, 16 (2020), S. 32-45.
  • “Un mythe à la mode: présences de Michel-Ange dans les maisons et les ateliers d’artiste à la fin du XIXe siècle”, in Croisements. Actualité de la recherche en histoire de l’art du XIXe siècle, hg. v. Pierre Wat, Paris 2018, S. 31-43.
  • “L’image de la Renaissance dans la littérature artistique entre France et Italie au tournant du XVIIIe siècle”, in La Fabrique du XVIe siècle au temps des lumières (Tagungsband, Lyon 2016), hg. v. Myrtille Méricam-Bourcadet u. Catherine Volpilhac-Auger, Paris 2020, S. 435-450.
  • “Réminiscences bachiques et poses extatiques dans les arts du XIXe siècle”, in L’invention du geste amoureux dans les arts visuels – Ambiguïtés, codifications et transgressions (Tagungsband, Paris 2015), hg. v. Elinor Myara Kelif u. Valerie Boudier u. Giovanni Careri, Bern 2020, S. 231-238.

Curriculum Vitae

Sara Vitacca studied art history at Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University, where she obtained her PhD with a dissertation on the revival of Michelangelo in late 19th century art (Un mythe à l’oeuvre: la reception de Michel-Ange entre 1875 et 1914). She taught art history at Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University, the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Lyon), the Institut National du Patrimoine (Paris) and the Université Catholique de l'Ouest (Angers). Her research focuses on 19th century art and visual culture, the reception and historiography of the Renaissance in contemporary times, and the representation of the body and the nude. In 2016, she was curator of the exhibition "Bacchanales Modernes! Le nu, l'ivresse et la danse dans l'art français du XIXe siècle" and she edited the proceedings of the conference entitled Bacchanales! L'ivresse des arts au XIXe siècle. In 2019-2020, as a post-doctoral fellow at The French Academy in Rome – Villa Medici, she studied the male nude in Italian art between the 19th and 20th centuries. Since October 2021 she is Tristan Weddigen's scientific assistant at the Bibliotheca Hertziana - Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte, where she develops a project dedicated to the relationship between virility and urban space in Rome, from Unification to Fascism.

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