Virginia Magnaghi is a Ph.D. candidate in Art History at the Scuola Normale Superiore (Pisa). Her doctoral research focuses on Italian landscape painting under Fascism (1920–1939), with special attention to the implications of the realist issue when approaching nature. Urban views aside, her project aims to understand the role of nature as a pictorial – but also literary and cinematographic – subject in Italy under the regime. Besides her academic studies, she has written about contemporary dance and theatre collaborating with the online journals Stratagemmi and Teatro e critica. She attended both the Scuola Normale Superiore and the University of Pisa for her MA, defending a thesis on Raphael’s fortune among Italian critics and painters in the first half of the XX century. Raphael’s reception resulted being a precious lens to differently approach Italian modern art history. She previously graduated in Early Modern Art History at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, after having studied for six months in Paris (Université Paris IV).
As a fellow at CIMA, Virginia will study Mario Schifano’s early landscape paintings (1962–65), proposing to highlight their close relationship not only with photography and art in the US, but also with the Italian and European pictorial tradition. Her research project aims to investigate both the series Particolari (1962–64) and the first Paesaggi anemici (1964–65) re-weighing their pictorial characteristics, their possible sources and the ties between the canvases, and the crucial drawings on paper, to finally reflect on the status of landscape between Rome and New York in the first half of the 1960s.