Spring 2015


Ilaria M. P. Barzaghi is an Italian art historian focused on nineteenth- and twentieth-century art. She received her PhD at the Università degli Studi di Milano. Her doctoral dissertation—which explored the first Italian Industrial Exposition through its iconographic sources—was published as Milano 1881: tanto lusso e tanta folla. Rappresentazione della modernità e modernizzazione popolare (Silvana, 2009).

In her research she emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach, integrating art history with cultural history. She especially studies the issues and the representations of modernity in the 19th and 20th centuries and has a strong interest in the symbolic aspects of social, cultural, and political phenomena. Iconography, visual culture, and the cultural-artistic debate during the totalitarian regimes of the first half of the twentieth century are also among her main research fields.

For her CIMA fellowship she will be exploring Rosso’s photographic practices.