Center for the Art and Architectural History of Port Cities
Research Residencies

Image: Claudio Metallo

Our Research Residency program brings together advanced graduate students from institutions throughout Europe and the United States to pursue research in residence at the Capodimonte on projects related to Naples and the cultural histories of port cities. Over the course of one or two semesters, Research Residents work closely with artworks, sites, and research materials in Naples, connect with colleagues at institutions throughout the city, and form the heart of the fledgling intellectual community at La Capraia.

Apply for a Research Residency

The Advisory Committee of the Center for the Art and Architectural History of Port Cities is now accepting applications for 2020-2021 Research Residencies for PhD students of any nationality in the earlier stages of their dissertations.

Applicants must submit a CV, letter of intent, and proposal that outlines the research project and the resources that will be used in Naples. In addition, applicants must invite three recommenders to send letters of support.

All materials, including letters of recommendation, are due by Saturday, February 15, 2020.

Application details can be found here.

Research Residents Claire Jensen (2019-2020) and Elizabeth Duntemann (2018-2019) are happy to share with you their experiences of life at La Capraia.



Image: Claudio Metallo

Research Residents and Affiliated Researchers (2020 - 2021)*

Christopher Bakke
Affiliated Researcher
The Art of the Restorer: Bruno Arciprete and the Restoration of Painting in Naples

Jacob Eisensmith
University of Pittsburgh
Research Resident
Renaissance Italy in Mediterranean Networks: The Impact of Islam on Italian Identity

Crystal Rosenthal
The University of Texas at Austin
Research Resident
Agents on the Shore: Freestanding Arches in Roman Port Cities

Dr. Edward Payne
Aarhus Universitet
Affiliated Postdoctoral Researcher
Visualizing Violence in the Early Modern Spanish Port City

Gianluca Puccio
Università degli studi della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli
Affiliated Predoctoral Researcher
The Digital Catalogue of the Bourbon Collection of Drawings at Capodimonte

*Research Residents and Affiliated Researchers will be on site in Naples beginning in Fall 2021, when we reopen the physical doors of the Center.


Research Residents and Affiliated Researchers (2019 - 2020)

Claire Jensen
University of Toronto
The Art of Annunziata: A hospital church in Sant’Agata de’ Goti

Lisa Malberg
Ruhr University Bochum
Theatine Churches in Naples and Rome: Sacred space between religious identity and local self-assertion in the age of Counter-Reformation

Diana Mellon
Columbia University
Health, Bathing, and Site-specificity in the Illuminated De balneis Puteolanis

Nathan K. Reeves
Northwestern University
Urban Space, Plebe Musicians, and Buon Governo in Spanish Naples, 1537-1632

Gianluca Puccio
Università degli studi della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli
Affiliated Predoctoral Researcher
The Digital Catalogue of the Bourbon Collection of Drawings at Capodimonte

Dr. des. Jennifer Rabe
Affiliated Postdoctoral Researcher
The Netherworld as Mirror: Technology and Religion in the Painting of Netherlandish painters between Florence, Naples,and Rome


Research Residents (2018 – 2019)

Fabrizio Ballabio
University of York
Measures of Security: Ferdinando Fuga’s Reali Granili and the politics of grain provision in eighteenth century Naples

Sara Berkowitz (Spring 2019)
University of Maryland at College Park
Ambiguous Bodies: Gender Non-Conformity and Bodily Transformation in Early Modern Italian Art

Elizabeth Duntemann
Temple University
Healing Rhetoric, Holy Wood, and Venereal Infection in Sixteenth-Century Italian Visual Culture

Justinne Lake-Jedzinak (Spring 2019)
Bryn Mawr College
Collecting Portraits of Early Christian Virgin Martyrs in Seicento Naples

Peter Michael Levins (Fall 2018)
Brown University
Fascism’s Adriatic Empire: Architecture and Cultural Politics in Italy’s Interwar Oltremare

Anatole Upart (Fall 2018)
University of Chicago
Slavic Rome: Constructing Foreign Communities in an Early Modern Italian City, 1450-1750