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Carole Paul
Regents of the University of California, Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA 93106-0001)
The Museo Capitolino and the Origins of the Public Art Museum

Opened in 1734, the Museo Capitolino on the Capitoline Hill, or Campidoglio, in Rome was the earliest institution of international significance to manifest the most essential characteristics of the public art museum as it has evolved into the present day. Despite the obvious importance of the Capitoline, there exists no comprehensive account of this seminal institution, which preceded by some sixty years the opening of the Louvre, conventionally regarded as the archetypal public art museum. The book that I propose to write will examine the origin and growth of the Capitoline and its influence on the development of modern museums from the formation of the oldest civic collection on the Campidoglio in 1471 to 1869, when the city government of Rome was radically restructured with the unification of Italy.

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Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Fellowships for University Teachers

Research Programs

$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2014 – 6/30/2015