Villa I Tatti – The Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies awards an annual prize for the best scholarly article on an Italian Renaissance topic, published in English or Italian in the previous calendar year. The subject can be any aspect of the Italian Renaissance, broadly defined as the period ranging from the 13th to the 17th centuries; essays could also address historiography. The selection committee looks for rigorous and original research, and convincing results expressed in clear and effective prose. Applicants must be advanced PhD candidates (with an approved dissertation topic) or have received a PhD, dottorato di ricerca, or equivalent after 1 January 2009. Only journal articles printed in 2014 are eligible. Current employees of I Tatti, or appointees from academic years 2014/15 or 2015/16 are not eligible. The winning article(s) will be posted on the I Tatti website, and the author will receive $1,000. The winner of the 2013 prize was IAS Member Niall Atkinson, The Republic of Sound: Listening to Florence at the Threshold of the Renaissance,” I Tatti Studies in the Italian Renaissance, Vol. 16, No. 1/2 (Fall 2013), 57-84. Honorable Mentions to IAS Members Daniel Maze, “Giovanni Bellini: Birth, Parentage, and Independence,” Renaissance Quarterly, Vol. 66, No. 3 (Fall 2013), 783-823; and Allison Sherman, “Murder and Martyrdom: Titian’s Gesuiti Saint Lawrence as a Family Peace Offering,” Artibus et historiae, no. 68 (2013), 39-54.
Competition deadline: 14 February 2015.
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