Best Essay by a Junior Scholar Prize

This annual prize is awarded to a junior scholar for the best scholarly article on an Italian Renaissance topic, published in English or Italian. The subject can be any aspect of the Italian Renaissance, broadly defined as the period ranging from the 13th to the 17th centuries, including historiography. The selection committee looks for rigorous and original research, and convincing results expressed in clear and effective prose. The winning article will be posted on the I Tatti website, and the author will receive $1,000.

 2014 Prize Application Guidelines

1. Applicants must be advanced PhD candidates (with an approved dissertation topic) or hold a PhD (or an equivalent doctorate, e.g. dottorato di ricerca). PhD certificates must bear a date after 1 January 2009.

2. Only journal articles published in 2014 are eligible.

3. Current employees of I Tatti, or appointees from academic years 2014/15 or 2015/16 are not eligible.

APPLY for the Best Essay by a Junior Scholar Prize.  
DEADLINE  February 14 


Past Recipients:

2013- to be announced

2012- Winner: Ada Palmer"Reading Lucretius in the Renaissance," Journal of the History of Ideas 73,3 (2012): 395-416

Honorable Mention: Genevieve Carlton, “Making an Impression: The Display of Maps in Sixteenth-Century Venetian Homes,” Imago Mundi 64, 1 (2012): 28-40; Lia Markey, “Stradano’s Allegorical Invention of the Americas in Late Sixteenth-Century Florence,” Renaissance Quarterly 65, 2 (2012): 385-442.
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2011-Winner: Chiara Franceschini The Nudes in Limbo: Michelangelo's Doni Tondo Reconsidered. Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 73 (2010, published in 2011): 137-180.

Honorable Mention: Emanuele Lugli, “Hidden in Plain Sight: The Pietre di Paragone and the Preeminence of Medieval Measurements in Communal Italy.” Gesta 49 (2010, published in 2011): 77-95. Read this article; Ruth Noyes, “On the Fringes of Center: Disputed Hagiographic Imagery and the Crisis over the Beati moderni in Rome ca. 1600.” Renaissance Quarterly 64 (2011): 800-846. Read this article.
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