Giovanni is a Ph.D. candidate at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. His research, supervised by Christopher Green, focuses on the French art dealer Léonce Rosenberg and his Galerie de l’Effort Moderne in interwar Paris. The dealer’s activities are used to shed new light on the work of some of the artists he promoted – including the Italians Gino Severini and Giorgio de Chirico – as well as on the dynamics of the art market at the time. Giovanni completed his BA and MA in the History of Art at the University of Pisa and at the Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa. He also did another MA at the Courtauld Institute, producing a dissertation on the early work of Richard Hamilton (1949-55). He has worked extensively on the 1950s and published essays on monochrome painting in Rome around 1960 (Studi di Memofonte, 2012), Henry Moore (Sculpture Journal, 2014) and Richard Hamilton (The Burlington Magazine, 2015). He has been a teaching assistant at the Courtauld, running a methodology seminar for postgraduate students.
During his fellowship at CIMA, Giovanni will examine the relationship between Léonce Rosenberg and Giorgio de Chirico from 1925 to the end of the decade. During his affiliation with Rosenberg, de Chirico started to work again on Metaphysical themes, reinventing them both iconographically and technically. Furthermore, de Chirico’s two-fold commitment to two rival art dealers, Rosenberg and Paul Guillaume, will be taken into account in relation to the artist’s practice of producing copies and multiples.