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Marco Brunetti M.A.


01 Oct 2018 ‐ 31 Mar 2019

IMT Lucca - School for Advanced Studies


A Vocabulary of Antiquity. The paintings of the Domus Aurea and its reception in the Renaissance Age

The aim of the project is to investigate the possible relationship between the figurative themes of the paintings of the Domus Aurea and the literary taste of Nero, attested by the Latin sources. Since many paintings are not more visible, the first step of the research is to collect all the Reinassance drawings that reproduce the paintings of the Domus Aurea. The different drawings with a same figurative theme will be compared in order to understand which was the original figurative theme in the paintings of the Domus Aurea and which was its relationship with the contemporary literature. The second aim of the research will be to define how the paintings of the Domus Aurea influenced the visual conception of the Antiquity to the main Renaissance authors of the drawings.

Fields of Research

Roman Archaeology

Curriculum Vitae

since 2016 PhD Student at IMT - School for Advanced Studies (Lucca)
2015 – 2016 Student at the Postgraduate School of Archeology of the University of Bologna
2015 – 2016 Student at the Postgraduate School of Archival and Paleographic studies of the National Archival of Bologna
2014 – 2015 MA in Classical Archeology (LM-02) with a thesis on the paintings of the Domus Aurea: 110/110L (1st Honour cum laude)
2012 – 2014 MA in Classical Philology (LM-15) with a thesis on the Neronian literature: 110/110L (1st Honour cum laude)
2009 – 2012 BA in Classics (L-10) with a thesis on a fragmentar tragedy of Euripides (the Antiope): 110/110
Internships and Excavations
2018 Internship at the Uffizi Museum in Florence (six months) at the Department of Prints an Drawings and Department of Classical Archeology
2017 Internship at the British Museum in London (three months) at the Department of Prints and Drawings
2010 – 2016 Archeological excavations of the Bologna University in Italy and Albania (e.g. Suasa 2016, Marzabotto 2016, Phoinike 2013, Corinaldo 2010)


2018 M. Brunetti, Charles V and the Antiquity: uses and functions of the “all’antica” style in the late Italia Renaissance, Revista de História da Arte, forthcoming
2018 S. De Maria - M. Brunetti, Memorie di pietra. Aspetti della scultura funeraria a Suasa, in: Atti in onore di Giorgio Bejor, forthcoming
2017 M. Brunetti, Review: Z. Newby, Greek Myths in Roman Art and Culture. Imagery, Values and Identity in Italy, 50 BC-AD 250 (Cambridge 2016), RStorAnt 47, 2017, 159–163
2017 M. Brunetti, multiple catalogue entries, in: E. Pellegrini (a cura di), Voglia d'Italia. Il collezionismo internazionale nella Roma del Vittoriano. Exhibition catalogue Rome (Naples 2017) 306 f.326–329
2015 M. Brunetti, I Troica di Nerone e la Volta Rossa della Domus Aurea, Ocnus 23, 2015, 137-152