PhD Student

PhD program:: XXXVI

supervisor: prof. Stefano Pierguidi


Roberto Marvin Wellman (Rome, 1994) enrolled in the three-year degree course in History of Art, at the University of Rome "La Sapienza" in 2013. Winner of the Erasmus + scholarship, he studied abroad in Paris at the Université “Panthéon-Sorbonne” (2015-2016).
In December 2016 he graduated with honors with a thesis on Michele di Ridolfo del Ghirlandaio (supervisor Prof. Alessandro Zuccari), after which he obtained the collaboration in the catalog of the exhibition “The Cinquecento in Florence. Modern Manner and Counter-Reformation” (Florence, Palazzo Strozzi, 21 September 2017 - 21 January 2018) curated by Carlo Falciani and Antonio Natali.
He subsequently enrolled in the master's degree course in Art History at the same university, carrying out a curricular internship for the General Secretariat of the Presidency of the Italian Republic as an assistant for Quirinal Palace’s opening to the public (2018). At the same time, he started the collaboration with the two Roman galleries “W. Apolloni" and "Galleria del Laocoonte", carrying out research activities, and with the "Casoli-De Luca" gallery, collaborating with the “Oro d’Italia“ exhibition (2019).
In April 2020 he obtained the title of master's degree with honors, deepening his three-year degree studies with a thesis entitled "The production of Michele di Ridolfo: catalog of documented works" supervised by Prof. Stefano Pierguidi and Prof. Marco Ruffini. The thesis frames the painter's activity by analyzing his stylistic fluctuations in relation to his clients, focusing on the political implications in the context of a republican resistance to the affirmation of Medici power.
The same year he won the XXXVI doctoral cycle at the Roman university, with a project that investigates on a wider range representatives of anti-Medicean artists and clients in the first half of the sixteenth century, with particular attention to the reinterpretation of the sources involved in the transmission of an “official” history, first of all Vasari's Lives in the two versions of 1550 and 1568.

Research products

  • 11573/1470817 - 2017 - Michele di Ridolfo del Ghirlandaio (Michele Tosini, detto), La Notte (02f Scheda di catalogo)

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