Saida Bondini - The Courtauld Institute of Art

Saida Bondini

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Saida Bondini

PhD student; Associate Lecturer

Thesis: ‘Urban and Social Spaces: Art, Architecture, and Family Patronage in Bologna (c. 1470-1520)’

Supervised by Dr Guido Rebecchini and Dr Nicolas Bock (Université de Lausanne)

My research investigates the interplay between artistic production, social relationships and the urban fabric in Bologna between the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. In doing so, the dissertation focuses on the architectural and artistic patronage of a select group of Bolognese families, interrogating how the form, materiality, aesthetic, function and location of their commissions affected and were influenced by social, political and familial ties. In order to map such interactions, the study examines in depth the refashioning of two churches that were established as main foci of patronage for the Bolognese civic elite. Through a wealth of hitherto unused archival documentation, my research aims at demonstrating the existence of a dynamic network of exchanges based on family relationships and social bonds that greatly determined the urban development of Bologna throughout the late Quattrocento and early Cinquecento.


  • 2015-present: Courtauld History of Art – Université de Lausanne, PhD Candidate
  • 2011-2013: MA, Université de Lausanne, Art History and Italian Literature. MA Thesis: “La confraternita di San Girolamo in Miramonte. Committenza laica e pittura a Bologna all’inizio del Cinquecento”. Supervisor: Dr. Nicolas Bock
  • 2008-2011: BA, Université de Lausanne, Art History and Italian Literature

Research Interests

  • Italian art and architecture (fifteenth and sixteenth centuries)
  • Bolognese painting and architecture
  • Family patronage
  • Religious painting

Professional Experience and Teaching

  • 2018/2019: Associate Lecturer, BA2 Constellation Seminar Courses (Arts in Italy 1580-1680), Courtauld Institute of Art
  • 2016/2017: Teaching Assistant, Foundations Lecture Series (Renaissance), Courtauld Institute of Art
  • 2015: Exhibition Department, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne
  • 2014: Graduate Intern, Robert Lehman Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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