Professor Fabrizio Nevola

Chair in Art History and Visual Culture


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Telephone: 01392 725499

Fabrizio Nevola did his undergraduate degree in Modern History and Italian at University College, Oxford and MA (History of Architecture) and PhD (History of Art) at the Courtauld Institute of Art. He has held research fellowships at the University of Warwick, the Canadian Centre for Architecture (Montreal), the Medici Archive Project (Florence), and Harvard University's Villa I Tatti (Florence). He specialises in the urban, cultural and architectural history of Early Modern Italy, and has also developed a strand of research on the street life of contemporary urban environments.

He was involved in the exhibition at the National Gallery in London, Renaissance Siena: Art for a City (October 2007- January 2008) and is author of Siena: Constructing the Renaissance City (Yale University Press, 2007) as well as a number of edited volumes, including Locating Communities in the Early Modern Italian City (2010), Tales of the City: Outsiders’ Descriptions of Cities in the Early Modern Period (2012) and Experiences of the Street in Early Modern Italy (2013). In 2008 his book, Siena: Constructing the Renaissance City was awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects, Sir Nikolaus Pevsner International Book Award for Architecture.

In two recent research projects that have explored the use of mobile phone apps for different aspects of narrative and history, he has worked with specialists in the field of digital media. Writer on the Train, was a collaboration with author James Attlee, and award-winning app-developers Agant to create GPS-triggered experience on the London-Bristol train line - funded by REACT Hub. You can watch a short film about the Writer on the Train project here.

The other, Hidden Florence, is a collaboration with industry-leaders in GPS-triggered city audio tours Calvium Ltd, to create an idiosyncartic guide to Renaissance Florence in the form of a mobile phone App. You can downlaoad the App free from AppStore or Google Play. You can also watch a short film about the project here. In 2018 a new phase of this project begins, involving exciting collaborations with the National Gallery (London), the Polo Museale della Toscana (Florence) and colleagues at the universities of Toronto and Cambridge. 

From 2014-5 he co-directed a project called 'Understanding Space in Renaissance Italy' funded by the Getty Foundation ‘Connecting Art Histories’ programme and run by Harvard University Villa I Tatti, Centre for the Study of the Italian Renaissance, Florence. In July 2014 he co-led a seminar in Florence for 12 young academics from China and Taiwan who teach Western art and architecture to study Renaissance works first-hand and in October he co-organised a conference at the Harvard University China Centre in Shanghai and Fudan University. The project, in a slightly modified format, was repeated in 2015, and included a conference I co-organised at Nanjing University.

At Exeter Fabrizio is the Director of the Centre for Early Modern Studies and is the college director for postgraduate taugt programmes.