Sabina de Cavi

Sabina de Cavi Florence_edited
Full name: Sabina d’Inzillo Carranza de Cavi
Quoting name: Sabina de Cavi
Professional Category: Professor (NOVA FCSH); Researcher
Position(s) within IHA: RG Member [Pre-Modern Visual and Material Cultures]
ORCiD: 0000-0002-9866-1813
WoS ResearcherID: AAX-7498-2020



Prof. de Cavi (class 2007, Columbia University, New York) is professor auxiliar in the Department of Art History and permanent researcher of the Instituto da Historia da Arte of NOVA FCSH since february 2021, and professor contratado doctor (on voluntary leave) of the Department of Art History of the Universidad de Córdoba (Spain), where she has worked as Investigador Ramón y Cajal of the Spanish ministry of Economy (MICINN) from 2012 to 2021 (proyecto RYC-2011-09058). She is a specialist in Italian and Iberian art and architecture with focusing on the Baroque era, the decorative arts and the theory and practice of drawing in the Italian and European art and architecture. She is currently working on the history and planning of royal sites in Portugal in the Baroque era and on 18th century Lisbon. Through her career, she has been the recipient of prestigious pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships in Europe and the United States: Columbia University full funding faculty fellow (1999-2007); Paul Mellon fellow of CASVA, National Gallery of Art Washington DC (2002-2005); post-doctoral fellow of the Flemish Royal Academy for Science and the Arts, Brussels (2007-2008); post-doctoral fellow of the Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte / Bibliotheca Hertziana, Rome (2008-09); post-doctoral fellow at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2011-12). In 2012-2017 she had a Ramón y Cajal research contract with the Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad of Spain (MICINN: Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities of Spain) for the project: Surface Baroque: practice and aesthetics of the Southern Baroque (1550-1750) (RyC-2011-09058: total financing: 15,000,00 euros). In 2016-2019 she was researcher I+D for the same Ministry with a new project on the market of art materials in Early modern Europe: Merchants and Artists: provision and circulation of art materials between Genoa and Lisbon (1450-1600) (HAR2016-80173-P: total financing 21,000,00 euros). These highly competitive calls and positions have provided her with a large network of international contacts and consistent experience with applications for national and EU funds.
Two years after her defense, she published her dissertation on Renaissance Spanish architectural patronage: Architecture and Royal Presence: Domenico and Giulio Cesare Fontana in Habsburg Naples (1592-1627) (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK, June 2009). While teaching at the University of Córdoba, she has produced two books publishing the results of her post-doctoral research: Dibujo y Ornamento: Trazas y dibujos de artes decorativas entre Portugal, España, Italia, Malta y Grecia. Estudios en Honor de Fuensanta Garçía de la Torre, ed. Sabina de Cavi (Córdoba, Diputación Provincial de Córdoba-Roma, De Luca Editori d’Arte, 2015), and Giacomo Amato (1643-1732): I disegni di Palazzo Abatellis. Architettura, arredi e decorazione nella Sicilia Barocca, ed. Sabina de Cavi (Rome, De Luca Editori d’Arte, 2017). For both volumes she has worked as organizer and director of research groups, coauthor, editor and fundraiser.
Through her career she has participated to over 70 conferences in highly competitive and international venues, contributing articles and essays on Italo-Spanish cultural and artistic exchange, European architectural and urban history, the Mediterranean Baroque and the theory and history of early modern architectural and ornamental drawing. Her current research on Sicily, Spain and Portugal focuses on the decorative arts, applied sculpture, drawing and the material history of artistic materials.

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