Our Fellows are involved in a variety of research projects, which are all related to the Rijksmuseum’s collection, its history and activities. The focus of their research may encompass any of the museum’s varied holdings, including Netherlandish paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, prints, drawings, photography and historical artefacts.
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Manon Castelle - Migelien Gerritzen Fellowship
As a Fellow at the Rijksmuseum, Dr. Manon Castelle investigates European bronze objects from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries. Her project focuses on iron-based structural reinforcements systematically used in the fabrication process of those objects. By performing an in-depth analytical study of those overlooked materials, her project aims to provide new insights into the historical and technological aspects of bronze artefacts.
Manon is a conservation scientist specialising in copper alloys in prehistorical and historical metallurgy. She received a PhD from the University of Versailles/Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ) in 2016 for her work on French bronze statuary techniques in the period 1540-1660. She subsequently obtained a research contract to work on bronze artefacts excavated from the tomb of the Celtic prince of Lavau (fifth century BC, France). In 2017, as part of a post-doctoral project (at UVSQ), she carried out a study of copper-based seal matrices in the collections of the French National Archives and the Lyon Museum of Fine Arts. Manon is actively involved in the bronze technical studies community and she is a scientific member of the CAST:ING project (Copper Alloy Sculpture Techniques and history: International iNterdisciplinary group).
Moorea Hall-Aquitania – Migelien Gerritzen Fellowship
Moorea Hall-Aquitania is a graduate of the master’s program in Technical Art History at the University of Amsterdam, where she focused on Dutch and Italian technical treatises, workshop practices, and painting technique. Her MA thesis, “The Italian Manner: Investigating the Use of Colored Grounds in Sixteenth-Century Italy” was supported by research at the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR) and the Dutch University Institute for Art History in Florence (NIKI). At the Rijksmuseum she will be researching the painting techniques of the Utrecht Caravaggisti—specifically their use of colored grounds and what that can reveal about import and exchange of Italian painting techniques in the Netherlands in the early seventeenth century.
Moorea obtained a BA in Art History and Italian from Vassar College in New York, during which she spent a year studying at the University of Bologna. Her studies at the University of Amsterdam were funded by the Walter N. Maguire Fellowship from Vassar College, where she also received the Frances Daly Fergusson Art Prize and the Weitzel Barber. In August 2019 Moorea will be a PhD candidate at the University of Amsterdam studying the spread of coloured grounds to the Netherlands 1550-1650 for the Down to the Ground project.
Lizzie Marx – Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship
As a Fellow at the Rijksmuseum, Lizzie Marx explores the visual representations of smell in the Dutch Golden Age. The project seeks to uncover the pertinence and various meanings of odours, and to offer another perspective of this vibrant period. Artworks in the collection that show or reference tobacco smoking, the use of pungent medicines, and fragrant products imported by the Dutch East India Company (VOC), are just some of the aromatic and acrid aspects of Dutch life that are being studied.
Lizzie is a History of Art PhD Candidate at Pembroke College, University of Cambridge. She completed her History of Art BA at King’s College, Cambridge, in 2014, and in 2016 she received her MPhil in History of Art at Peterhouse, Cambridge. She previously worked for Art Fund, the United Kingdom’s national charity for art in 2014–2015. Lizzie has curated displays in the Fitzwilliam Museum (2017) and the Cambridge University Library (2018), and she recently contributed to the exhibition catalogue for ‘Michaelina: Baroque’s Leading Lady’, Rubenshuis and Museum aan de Stroom, Antwerp (2018). Lizzie is also a Trustee of the Wiener Library, London, the world’s oldest Holocaust archive.
Ying-chen Peng – J.S. Lee Memorial Fellowship
Dr. Ying-chen Peng is an Assistant Professor of Chinese art history at American University, Washington D.C. She received her PhD degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2014. She specializes in late imperial and modern Chinese material culture, with a focus on gender issues and the global interaction of craft art during the 19th and 20th centuries. She has published articles on the art patronage of Empress Dowager Cixi and curated an exhibition on Cixi's art from the collections of Summer Palace, Beijing.
Ying-chen is currently writing a book manuscript on the collecting of Asian art in mid-19th century America. She will spend seven months at the Rijksmuseum to study the collections of Asian ceramics in the Museum as well as in the region to explore the roles Asian art dealers, collectors and their collections in the Netherlands and other European countries played in the formative era of American connoisseurship of Asian art.
Forough Sajadi – Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship
Forough Sajadi is a PhD candidate in the History of Art at the University of Warsaw in Poland, where she studies Persian and European painting in the seventeenth century. As a Fellow at the Rijksmuseum, she is working on her PhD dissertation. Specifically, she is examining the links between Persian paintings and Netherlandish art during the period 1588–1722. In this research, Forough will collect and analyse Persian paintings that were inspired by Netherlandish artworks. She is also documenting the careers of a few Dutch and Flemish painters who travelled to Persia in the seventeenth century.
Prior to joining the Rijksmuseum, Forough was a Lecturer in the History of Persian Miniatures at the Institute of Art History at the University of Warsaw. She was also a Lecturer in Persian Miniatures collaborating with the Asia and Pacific Museum in Warsaw. She earned her MA in the Research of Art in Tehran, Iran. Outside of academia, she has extensive experience as a painter and has held a number of exhibitions.
Anna-Claire Stinebring – Dr. Anton C.R. Dreesmann Fellowship
Anna-Claire Stinebring is a PhD candidate in the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania specializing in early modern Northern European art. At the Rijksmuseum Anna-Claire will be in the early stages of researching her dissertation on Jan van Hemessen, a key but overlooked figure in the development of sixteenth-century Antwerp painting before Bruegel. Hemessen and his peers experimented with radically new representational strategies as well as subject matter to render a worldview where the sacred was newly and firmly enmeshed in the profane. This dissertation focuses on how form and facture shape meaning in Hemessen’s complex and original paintings.
Anna-Claire received her MA in art history from the Williams Graduate Program in the History of Art and her BA from Oberlin College. She has previously held the Slifka Foundation Interdisciplinary Fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2014-2015). Other recent museum experience includes a Mellon summer fellowship at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and a graduate lectureship at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. Prior to beginning her graduate study, Anna-Claire served as a curatorial assistant at Oberlin College’s Allen Memorial Art Museum.
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