- 19 Apr 2016
The Paul Mellon Centre Rome Fellowship was of invaluable help to me in conducting my research this year. The fellowship allowed my university to replace my teaching for a term while I spent three months in Rome. My project, examining the place of the Italian Renaissance in the theory and practice of the acclaimed Anglo-Italian architect Richard Rogers, focused on the relationship between Italy and Britain and between the present and the past. The time that I spent in Rome allowed me not only to use the excellent library resources available at the British School at Rome and elsewhere but to make important visits to places such as Pienza and the Nuovo Centro Civico in the Florentine suburb of Scandicci.
The three months of intensive research that I was able to conduct during the course of the fellowship has given tremendous momentum to my larger book project, of which this study will form a part.
The British School at Rome is a wonderful place to stay and an excellent location at which to read and write, and from which to visit sites in both Rome and the rest of Italy. At the British School I was provided with a comfortable and well-equipped apartment. The specialist research library was on hand and accessible 24 hours a day. With meals provided and a meticulous cleaning service in operation, it really did offer an unrivalled opportunity to immerse myself in research. In addition, the British School provides a convivial and intellectually rich environment; an interdisciplinary community of scholars and artists, working in diverse fields and with a variety of methods, and among whom there is continual fruitful exchange. Site visits and weekly lectures facilitate engagement with new materials and with different disciplines. The fellowship provides a wonderful opportunity for any scholar of the history of art and/or architecture and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
The Paul Mellon Centre is currently accepting applications for the Rome Fellowship. Closing date 23 May.
About the author
Caspar Pearson is Senior Lecturer in Renaissance architecture and urbanism at the University of Essex. His specialises primarily in the art, architecture and urbanism of the Italian Renaissance but also writes about aspects of contemporary architecture and urbanism. He is the Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities.