Giulia Zanon

Giulia Zanon


Before starting my PhD at the University of Leeds in October 2016, I studied at the University of Verona in Italy. I hold a first class BA Honours degree in Cultural Heritage (2011), and gained a distinction for my MA in History and Geography of Europe (2014). My doctoral research aims to highlight the role of the family in shaping society and culture in early modern Venice, using an interdisciplinary methodology. The project breaks new ground by contextualizing the part played by social relationships and the arts in affirming and displaying the prestige of the cittadini, a sort of middle class that was socially located immediately under the patriciate and clearly distinct from the rest of the population. My analysis of the middle stratum of Venetian society reveals their various attempts to elevate their position, and will shed light on our grasp of social hierarchy and the possibilities for social mobility in pre-modern Europe.


Prizes, Awards and Scholarships

2019: RHS Conference Travel Grant

2019: RSA Travel Grant, for presenting at 65th Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, Toronto

2018-2019: AHC Faculty Research Dissemination Awards

2018-2019: The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Travel Grant

2018: RSA Travel Grant, for presenting at 64th Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, New Orleans

2018: AIRIcerca, to cover RSA registration fees

2017-2018: PGR Extraordinary Fund School of History

2016-2019: Leeds bursary Anniversary Research Scholarship, PhD fees and maintenance

2008-2013: ACI Scholarship, BA and MA maintenance

2008-2011: University of Verona Scholarship, BA fees and maintenance



Giulia Zanon, ‘Madonna col Bambino in trono e santi, detta Pala Bonaldi’ (‘Enthroned Virgin and Child with Saints, the Bonaldi Altarpiece’) in Paolo Veronese. L’illusione della realtà (Verona: Palazzo della Gran Guardia), eds. Bernard Aikema and Paola Marini (Milan, 2014), cat. 2.10, pp. 142-143.

Giulia Zanon, ‘L’Islam a Venezia. La ricezione del mondo musulmano nelle opere d’arte’ (‘Islam in Venice. The reception of the Muslim world in the works of art’), Quaderni di Parentesi Storiche, 1 (2013), 15-29.


Conference Papers and Talks

'The diffusion of the cult of San Francesco di Paola in late medieval Venice', International Medieval Congress (IMC), University of Leeds, 1-4 July 2019.

‘Intellectual circles and cittadini networks in mid-sixteenth century Venice’, Postgraduate Symposium ‘Points of Connection’, University of Exeter, 13 June 2019.

‘Confraternities, cittadini and social strategies in early modern Venice’, 65th Renaissance Society of America (RSA) Annual Meeting, Toronto, 17-19 March 2019.

‘ "A hive of intriguing factions": The role of lay confraternities for the construction of cittadini identity in early modern Venice’, The Cabinet of Curiosities Spring Colloquium, University of York, 25 February 2019.

‘Cittadini networks and social bonds in early modern Venice’, Venetian Seminar, St John’s College, University of Cambridge, 12 May 2018.

‘Confraternities, cittadini, and the cult of San Francesco di Paola in early modern Venice’, 64th Renaissance Society of America (RSA) Annual Meeting, New Orleans, 22-24 March 2018.

‘Leadership, family and social identity in Venice’s confraternities, c. 1500-1700’, PGR Annual Colloquium, University of Leeds, 11 May 2017.


Research Experience and Public Outreach

2014: Presentation of my research findings at the international conference on Paolo Veronese, which was held in Verona during the exhibition Paolo Veronese, L’illusione della realtà (Verona: Palazzo della Gran Guardia).


Undergraduate Teaching Experience

2017-18: Teaching assistant for core first year module ‘Primary Sources for the Historian: An Introduction to Documentary History’, strand title ‘Casanova: Sexuality, Sociability and Society in Eighteenth-Century Europe’ (strand design, teaching design and deliver, marking, examining).

Research interests

My academic interests span from the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries and focus on the relationship between art and society in Italy.


  • PhD in History, University of Leeds (expected 2020)
  • MA in History and Geography of Europe, University of Verona, Italy (2011-2014)
  • BA in Cultural Heritage, University of Verona, Italy (2008-2011)