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Testimonials from RSA Fellowship Winners

Amy Bloch (2015, Senior Scholar, RSA-Kress Publication Grant), SUNY Albany

“The generous research fellowship I received from the RSA was essential to the completion of my book on Lorenzo Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise (Cambridge, 2016). The fellowship supported a research trip to libraries and archives in Italy, during which I examined numerous unpublished sources that helped me amplify and refine my ideas about the Old Testament narratives in the Gates. The research I completed for this project continues to bear fruit: a number of my recent lectures and essays, which cover a diversity of topics, have their origins in details and themes I considered while researching and writing my book. In this way, the RSA fellowship and the work it supported have been foundational to my scholarship.”

Lorenzo G. Buonanno (2015, Junior Scholar, RSA–Kress Centro Vittore Branca Grant), University of Massachusetts, Boston

“The RSA grant that funded my period of study at the Centro Vittore Branca and Cini Foundation in Venice has had a profound impact on my book project, which deals with the conceptual processes of making and viewing sculpture in Venice in the early modern period. Material gathered there became highly relevant not only to one chapter, as originally programmed, but to two. Furthermore, in the two years since completing the grant, another happy development has been to find how important the research conducted has been in shaping two newer research projects. I wholeheartedly encourage other younger scholars to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity, and am grateful to the RSA for providing it.”

Timothy Kircher (2015, Senior Scholar, RSA Research Fellowship), Guilford College

“An RSA Paul Oskar Kristeller Grant enabled me to complete a study of manuscripts in Como’s Biblioteca Comunale and in Rome’s Vatican Library in the summer of 2015. These manuscripts offer the most complete collections of letters by the humanist Lapo da Castiglionchio the Younger, one of the leading translators of classical Greek in the early Quattrocento. My work at these venues was also enriched by conversations with European scholars living in Rome and Florence. In sum, without the support of the RSA Research Fellowship, it would have been very difficult for me to gain access to the sources needed for this project.”

Corey Tazzara (2015, Junior Scholar, RSA Research Fellowship), Scripps College

“My research grant funded eight weeks in the Archivio di Stato of Florence during the summer of 2016. I spent it examining the cargo lists of ships that had alighted in the Tuscan port city of Livorno during that city’s golden age, 1676 to 1735, when reports of regional shipping are especially abundant. This research not only made possible a fuller account of the free port’s Mediterranean commerce, but it also revealed new vistas into the links between regional commerce and hinterland economies. These results were incorporated into my book The Free Port of Livorno and the Transformation of the Mediterranean World (Oxford University Press, 2017). The grant was absolutely critical for transforming my dissertation into a proper book during my pre-tenure year.”

Anna Wainwright (2015, Junior Scholar, RSA Research Fellowship) University of New Hampshire

The RSA Short-term Research Grant was my very first external grant, and allowed me to conduct crucial research for the completion of my dissertation, “La città vedova: Widowhood and Politics in Italian Renaissance Literature” (NYU 2017). Thanks to the support of the RSA, I traveled to Turin, Paris and Florence on the trail of Ippolita Scaravelli, a charming widow from Turin who found her way into the works of various Italian and French authors of the late sixteenth century, Marie de Romieu and Bernardo Trotti among them. The grant afforded me the precious opportunity to explore numerous archives and libraries over the course of three months, greatly enriching my dissertation research and opening up new avenues of inquiry that I am now incorporating into my first monograph, as well as into a separate article. I credit that summer of research with changing and broadening the scope of my research in multiple ways that I still feel today.

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