Fellows

Dr. Daniele Di Cola

Daniele Di Cola is KNIR Fellow from October 2020 till August 2021.
d.dicola.fellow@knir.it

His research focuses on the French critic and art historian Gustave Soulier (Bordeaux 1872 – Naples 1937) and his book Les Influences orientales dans la peinture toscane, published in 1924. The project considers Soulier’s biography
and writings in order to reconstruct his thinking, exploring his intellectual sources and artistic and cultural milieu, including unpublished materials. Di Cola is writing a monograph on Gustave Soulier and his interpretation on Italian art which will appear in 2021-2022.

Curriculum
Daniele Di Cola studied art history at Sapienza University of Rome, where he obtained his PhD with a dissertation on the American art historian Leo Steinberg (1920-2011). In 2018, during a six-month fellowship at the Centre André Chastel in Paris, he developed his current research on Gustave Soulier. In 2019, for a fellowship at the Hertziana Library in Rome, Di Cola investigated the representation of Islamic carpets in Italian art of the Renaissance. In 2020, from January to June, he was Fellow at Villa I Tatti (The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies) with the project «Tradition, Modernity, and the “lois eternelles” of Style: Gustave Soulier’s Definition of Renaissance Art, from “Tintoret” (1911) to “L’Inspiration et la technique de Michel-Ange” (1937)».  
Di Cola’s interests concern the historiography of Renaissance Italian art in 19th and 20th century, with a specific focus on art historians who worked on both Renaissance art and Modern art.

Publication list
“Il rifacimento della Chiesa di Santa Barbara dei Librai di Roma (1679-1688). Il committente Zenobio Masotti e l’attività artistica di Agostino Martinelli, Giuseppe Passari, Luigi Garzi e Domenico Guidi,” Bollettino d’arte, 24 (2014), pp. 125-142; “Le ragioni dello stile. La critica di Pasquarosa Marcelli Bertoletti e Margherita Osswald-Toppi, modelle e pittrici anticolane,” in M. Carrera (ed.), Le muse di Anticoli Corrado, Cat. Exhibition, De Luca (Rome: 2017), pp. 9-17; “Disegno e danza «guide migliori dell’erudizione». Esperienze e metafore del corpo nel pensiero di Leo Steinberg,” in C. Di Bello, R. Gandolfi, M. Latella (eds.), In corso d’opera (2), Campisano Editore (Rome: 2018), pp. 295-302; “Gustave Soulier et Les Influences orientales dans la peinture toscane (1924). Le ‘sentiment décoratif’ dans l’art italien de la Renaissance face à la modernité,” Revue ArtItalies, 25 (2019), pp. 61-70; “Leo Steinberg e un libro inedito su Mantegna. Presenze e assenze del corpo di Cristo,” in A. Buoniconto, R. Cesaro, G. Salvati (eds.), Spazi Bianchi. Le espressioni letterarie, linguistiche e visive dell’assenza, Rubbettino (Soveria Mannelli, CZ: 2019), pp. 399-411; Introductory note to “Retracing: Leo Steinberg’s lecture on Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam,” in T. Casini (ed.), Sistina e Cenacolo. Traduzione, citazione e diffusione, Editoriale Artemide (Rome: 2020), pp. 159-161, 200; “Forms of Reconciliation: Leo Steinberg on the Beholder (1959-1972),” in G. Cassegrain, C. Cieri Via, J. Koering, S. Schwartz (eds.), Leo Steinberg Now. Il pensiero attraverso gli occhi, Campisano Editore (Rome: 2020), forthcoming; “Becoming Leo. Steinberg e l’Institute of Fine Arts di New York: dell’eredità dei professori tedeschi allo sviluppo di un nuovo criticism,” Storia della critica d’arte. Annuario della S.I.S.C.A., 2020, forthcoming.