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Carmen Belmonte

Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut (Italy)

Preserving a difficult heritage: the afterlife of Fascist monumental art in contemporary Italy


Carmen Belmonte is a post-doctoral fellow at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, Max-Planck-Institut. She received her Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Udine with a dissertation on colonial visual culture in nineteenth-century Italy (2017). During her doctoral studies, she was a visiting researcher at the European University Institute in Fiesole, Florence (2016) and a Ph.D. candidate in the Swiss Doctoral Program in Civiltà Italiana at the University of Lugano (2013-2016). She studied at the University of Calabria (B.A. 2004, M.A. 2007) and at the University of Pisa, where she obtained the Diploma di Specializzazione in Art History (2011). At the LARTTE LAB of the Scuola Normale Superiore she was a research fellow within the project Osservatorio delle politiche per il patrimonio culturale (2009-2011). At the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz she was assistant to the director (2012-2015) and together with Gerhard Wolf and Elisabetta Scirocco co-developed the project Storia dell’arte e catastrofi (I): L’Italia sismica. In 2017, she was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max-Planck-Institut for Art History and in 2019 has been an Italian Fellow of the American Academy in Rome. She organized the conference A Difficult Heritage: The Afterlife of Fascist-Era Architecture, Monuments, and Works of Art in Italy (11-12 March 2019, Bibliotheca Hertziana, American Academy in Rome).

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