Michelangelo and paper as palimpsest
Mauro Mussolin is an architectural and art historian with a Ph.D. from the Università IUAV di Venezia (2001). Over the years, he has taught architectural and art history at New York University Florence - Villa La Pietra (2005-2014), and landscape architecture at the Università per Stranieri in Siena (2008-2010). He has been Research Associate at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa (2009-2015), visiting professor at Kusthistorisches Institut in Florenz–Max-Plank Institut (2012), and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville (2015). He was also fellow at Villa I Tatti (The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence, 2003-2004), CASVA (The National Gallery of Art in Washington, 2015-2016), The Getty (The Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, Spring-Summer 2016), and The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, 2015-2016).
He has published on Michelangelo, Italian urban history and the Renaissance built environment with a particular interest in architecture and art as instruments to transform the experience of space, generate new founding myths, produce political meanings, build civic identity, cement collective memory, and display original setting through which new forms of social relationships, both lay and religious, are defined. His interest is also devoted to the material culture from Late Medieval to Modern time, such as drawing conventions and draughtsmanship, paper and papermaking, and the practice of architectural models as instruments of design process.His current book project treats Michelangelo and paper as palimpsest.