Congratulations to Ariella Minden!

June 11, 2024 by Department of Art History

The Department of Art History is pleased to announce that PhD Candidate, Ariella Minden, has passed the thesis defense!

Ariella's dissertation, "In Dialogue: Medial Thinking in Bolognese Printmaking, 1500-1530," evaluates Bologna’s role as a centre of printmaking by using media theory as a lens through which to explore the emergence of new artistic technologies. From the study of these practices in their infancy, she developed an interest in the role of failure as a central component of artistic process. This resulted in the organization of the international conference “Failure: Understanding Art as Process, 1150–1750” with Alessandro Nova and Luca Palozzi in November 2020.

Ariella's current project examines Bologna as an innovative centre of printmaking at a critical moment in the media’s development between 1500 and 1530. These thirty years were a dynamic period of activity in which woodcuts, engravings, and etchings in their relative infancy were being negotiated as forms of visual communication within an evolving media landscape.

Ariella is scientific assistant in the department of Prof. Dr. Tristan Weddigen at the Bibliotheca Hertziana at the Max Planck Institute for Art History. Prior to joining Prof. Weddigen’s department in November 2023, she was a predoctoral fellow in Dr. Sietske Fransen’s research group Visualizing Science in Media Revolutions also at the Bibliotheca Hertziana from March 2022 and in the department of Prof. Dr. Alessandro Nova at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz-Max-Planck-Institut from 2018 to 2022.

Please join us in congratulating Ariella on this wonderful achievement!