Antonio David Fiore

Fall 2018

Antonio David Fiore passed his Viva in November 2017, completing a fully funded PhD in History of Art at the Open University (UK) supervised by Tim Benton and Susie West. His research focused on the output of the Italian decorator Giulio Rosso (1895-1976), reconstructing Rosso’s career while considering the significance of his practice in the context of the decorative arts of the interwar period. Between September 2017 and January 2018, he worked as Associate Lecturer at the School of Art and Design of the University of Bath Spa, where he taught “Art and Design since 1945.”

Antonio graduated in Heritage Studies at the Tuscia University of Viterbo and was awarded a post-graduate diploma by La Sapienza University of Rome. Between 2006 and 2010, he worked as Assistant Lecturer for the Industrial Archaeology and History of Architecture course of the Faculty of Heritage Studies, Tuscia University, Viterbo. As an art historian researcher and cataloguer, Antonio has worked for various galleries and museums in Rome, including the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Museo della Centrale Montemartini, and Musei Vaticani – Modern Art Collection. He has contributed articles, studies, and catalogue entries to a number of different journals, conference proceedings, exhibition catalogues, and books. His monograph on the history of the Centrale Montemartini former power plant in Rome is to be published in summer 2018.

For his CIMA research project – Marino Marini: sculpture for the architecture – Antonio will engage with lesser known episodes of the sculptor’s interwar production, such as the commissions that he received for temporary and permanent spaces with a prominent propagandistic and ideological connotation: the Mostra della Rivoluzione Fascista in Rome (1932), the Palazzo dell’Arengario in Milan (1936), and the Palazzi delle Esedre in Rome (1938). Antonio’s aim is to enhance our understanding of Marini’s approach to decorative sculpture, balancing the sculptor’s own personal vision and favorite themes, with the dominant myths promoted by fascist propaganda.