Ariane Varela Braga, Ph.D., is an art historian interested in the intersections between the visual arts, architecture and material culture in the long 19th century and contemporary art.
She is a postdoctoral fellow at the Bibliotheca Hertziana-Max Planck Institute for Art History in Rome, Italy. In her project Negotiating Identities. Orientalist Architecture, Materiality and Local Practices in 19th-century Italy she examines the Orientalist architecture in Italy from the point of view of its dialogue with the local architectural and craft tradition. Her current book project is entitled Private Cosmo and Orientalist Architecture in 19th century Italy: Hybridity, Identity, Materiality.
She is the author of two monographs, co-edited nine volumes, and published numerous articles on the history and theory of decorative arts and architecture, the revival of polychromy and the reception of non-Western art. She organized numerous international conferences and regularly presents her research at international symposiums. She also co-curated exhibitions on 19th and 20th-century art and architecture in Switzerland, Germany, Italy and Brazil.
Ariane Varela Braga studied at the Universities of Geneva and Neuchâtel (Ph.D. 2013, summa cum laude) and was a postdoctoral assistant at the University of Zurich within the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) project ‘Mudejarismo and Moorish Revival’ (2014-2019). Since 2014, she has held teaching positions at the University of Geneva and John Cabot University, Rome, and in 2020, she obtained the Italian national academic qualification as associate professor in history of architecture. Her research has been sustained by grants and fellowships from the Universities of Neuchâtel and Zurich, the Swiss Institute in Rome and the Swiss National Science Foundation.
In 2010, she created the Rome Art History Network (RAHN) with the aim of promoting dialogue and exchange of ideas between researchers from the foreign academies in Rome and Italian universities. Among the RAHN's many activities during the past ten years, she established an annual program of doctoral and post-doctoral conferences, in collaboration with foreign and Italian institutions (for more information, visit the RAHN's website). She is also a founding member of the Swiss Network for Historicism and is co-editor of the art and architectural history series Pensieri ad arte (Editoriale Artemide, Rome).