Sabina de Cavi

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Quoting name: Sabina de Cavi
Professional Category: Professor (NOVA FCSH)
Position(s) within IHA: SC Member | RG Member [Pre-Modern Visual and Material Cultures]
Thematic areas: Early modern Italian and Iberian art and architecture; Baroque; Decorative and Applied Arts
ORCiD: 0000-0002-9866-1813
WoS ResearcherID: AAX-7498-2020



Prof. Dr. de Cavi is a specialist in early modern Italian and Iberian art and architecture. Her research focuses on Naples, Sicily, Spain, and Portugal, with particular attention to the material history and techniques of Baroque art & architecture, the theory and practice of drawing, the decorative and applied arts.
Prof. de Cavi (Ph.D. Columbia University, New York, class 2007; tutors Joseph Connors and David Freedberg) is professor auxiliar in the Department of Art History and permanent researcher of the Instituto da Historia da Arte (IHA) of the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences of Universidade Nova de Lisboa. She is also tenured professor on voluntary leave of the Department of Art History of the Universidad de Córdoba (Spain). 
She has been the recipient of prestigious pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships in Europe and the United States between 1999 and 2011: 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 to enter and work in the University of Córdoba (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).
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).
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) (ISBN 978-84-8154-386-5], 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, co-author, editor and fundraiser.
Through her career she has participated to over 70 conferences in 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 work focuses on 18th century Portugal and on the artistic geography of the Iberian peninsula.
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SC – Scientific Council; RG – Research Group