Dr. Ariane Varela Braga

Lebenslauf

Ariane Varela Braga studied at the University of Geneva and received her PhD in art history at the University of Neuchâtel (2013, summa cum laude), with her dissertation on Owen Jones's Grammar of Ornament (published in 2017 by Campisano Editore). Between 2014 and 2019 she worked as a post-doc assistant at the University of Zurich in the SNCF project Muderajismo and Moorish Revival. She has been a scholarly member of the Swiss Institute in Rome and a lecturer at John Cabot University. Her Habilitation project is entitled Private Cosmo and Orientalist Architecture in 19th century Italy: Identity, Hybridity, Materiality.

Forschungsinteressen

History and theory of ornament and the decorative arts

Polychromy and materiality

Reception of extra-European arts

Orientalism in architecture and the visual arts

Artistic migrations

Publikationen

Bücher

•    Une théorie universelle au milieu du XIXe siècle. La Grammar of Ornament d’Owen Jones, Rome: Campisano Editore, 2017. 
•    Villa Monticello, l’Ambasciata di Svizzera a Roma, Rome: De Luca, 2013.
•    All Saint’s Church, Rome: Gemmagraf, 2006. 
 

Herausgeberschaft 

A l'Orientale – Collecting, Displaying and Appropriating Islamic Art and Architecture in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries, edited with Francine Giese and Mercedes Volait, Leiden: Brill, 2019 (forthcoming).

Der Orient in der Schweiz / L'Orient en Suisse. Neoislamische Architektur und Interieurs im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert, edited with Francine Giese and Leïla el-Wakil, Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2019.

The Power of Symbols. The Alhambra in a Global Context, edited with Francine Giese, Bern: Peter Lang, 2018

Roma e gli artisti stranieri. Integrazione, reti e identità (XVI-XX s.), edited with Thomas-Leo True, Rome: Artemide Editore, 2018.

The bfo-Journal, 3 (2018), special issue: Hybrid Forms: Architectural Ornament and Intercultural Dialogues

Cybèle Varela: Tropicalismo Remixed, exhibition catalogue (Basel, Brasilea Stiftung, 18 January – 14 June 2018), edited with Valentina Locatelli, Milano: Silvana Editoriale, 2018.

A Fashionable Style – Carl von Diebitsch und das Maurische Revival, exhibition catalogue (Architekturmuseum TU Berlin), edited with Francine Giese, Bern: Peter Lang, 2017

Die Aneignung des Orients. L'appropriation de l'Orient (SGMOIK Bulletin 44), edited with Francine Geise, Bern: SGMOIK, 2017

The Myth of the Orient. Architecture and Ornament in the Age of Orientalism, proceedings of the international conference held at Oberhofen Castle, 12 June 2015, edited with Francine Giese, Bern: Peter Lang, 2016

Splendor marmoris. I colori del marmo, tra Roma e l’Europa, da Paolo III a Napoleone III., edited with Grégoire Extermann, Rome: De Luca, 2016.

Ornamento, tra arte e design: interpretazioni, percorsi, e mutazioni nell’Ottocento, proceedings of the study day held on April 23, 2009 at the Swiss Institute in Rome, Basel: Schwabe, 2013. 
 

Aufsätze

“‘Troppo amanti degli oggetti orientali’? Ferdinando Panciatichi Ximenes d’Aragona, a Collector of Islamic Art in Nineteenth-Century Florence?”, in: A l’Orientale ̶ Collecting, Displaying and Appropriating Islamic Art and Architecture in the 19th and early 20th centuries, ed. by Francine Giese, Mercedes Volait and Ariane Varela Braga, Leiden: Brill, 2019 (forthcoming ).

“Hermann Hammann : un historien des arts décoratifs à Genève”, in: Regards croisés sur les arts à Genève (1846-1896), ed. by Frédéric Elsig, Frédéric Hueber, Sylvain Wenger, Genève: Georg, 2019 (in press).

“Visualising a Universal Theory of Ornament. Owen Jones’ “Grammar of Ornament” (1856)”, in: Productive Universals - Specific Situations. Analysis and Intervention in Art, Architecture and Urbanism, ed. by Anna Kockelkorn, Nina Zschocke, Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2019 (forthcoming).

“Détours orientaux sur les rives du Léman. Les modèles islamiques à l’École des Arts Industriels de Genève”, in: L’Orient en Suisse. Architecture et intérieurs néo-islamiques au 19e et 20e siècles, ed. by Francine Giese, Leïla el-Wakil and Ariane Varela Braga, Berlin : De Gruyter, 2019 (in press).

“Do exotismo à perspectiva global. Owen Jones e a gramático do ornamento em série”, Revista de História da Arte – Serie W: The Art of Ornament. Senses, archetypes, shapes and functions, 8, 2019: 5-14.

Francine Giese, Ariane Varela Braga, “Translocating Metropolitan Display Strategies in 19th-century Europe. Frederick Stibbert, Henri Moser and their Orientalist Style Rooms”, International Journal of Islamic Architecture, 8/1, 2019: 115-140, (doi: 10.1386/ijia.8.1.115_1).

“Building a Dream: the Alhambra in the Villa of Sammezzano”, in: The Power of Symbols. The Alhambra in a Global Perspective, ed. by Francine Giese and Ariane Varela Braga, Bern: Peter Lang, 2018: 293-308.

Ariane Varela Braga, Thomas-Leo True, “Studying Foreign Artists in Rome”, in: Roma e gli artisti stranieri. Integrazione, reti e identità (XVI-XX s.), ed. by Ariane Varela Braga and Thomas-Leo True, Rome: Artemide, 2018: 15-29.

Valentina Locatelli, Ariane Varela Braga, “Cybèle Varela: Tropicalismo Remixed. An Introduction”, in: Cybèle Varela: Tropicalismo Remixed, exhibition catalogue (Basel, Brasilea Stiftung, 18 January – 14 June 2018), ed. by Valentina Locatelli and Ariane Varela Braga, Milano: Silvana Editoriale, 2018: 15-17.

“The Arab Room of the Cerralbo Palace”, Art in Translation - special issue on Spain and Orientalism, 9/1 (2017): 7-28 (<http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17561310.2017.1298341>).

“How to visit the Alhambra and “be home in time for tea”: Owen Jones’s Alhambra Court in the Crystal Palace of Sydenham”, in: A Fashionable Style. Carl von Diebitsch und das maurische Revival, ed. by Francine Giese and Ariane Varela Braga, Bern: Peter Lang, 2017: 71-84. 

Francine Giese, Ariane Varela Braga, “Architecture, Ornament and Colour: The Fascination for the Islamic Heritage of al-Andalus in 19th-century Europe”, in: A Fashionable Style. Carl von Diebitsch und das maurische Revival, ed. by Francine Giese and Ariane Varela Braga, Bern: Peter Lang, 2017: 29-44. 

Francine Giese, Ariane Varela Braga, “The Alhambra en miniature. Architectural Models in 19th-century Europe”, in: A Fashionable Style. Carl von Diebitsch und das maurische Revival, ed. by Francine Giese and Ariane Varela Braga, Bern: Peter Lang, 2017: 97-112.

“Une Alhambra florentine : la salle mauresque de la Villa Stibbert”, in Period rooms : allestimenti storici tra arte, gusto e collezionismo, ed. by M. Volait, D. Poulot, et al., Bologna: BPU, 2016: 161-168.

“Owen Jones and Ornament in a Global Perspective”, in: Weltgeschichten der Architektur, Urspünge, Narrative, Bilder 1700-2016, exhibition catalogue (München, Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, December 2016-February 2017), ed. by Matteo Burioni, Passau: Dietmar Klinger Verlag, 2016: 44-48. 

Grégoire Extermann, Ariane Varela Braga, “Marmi e magnificenza: il modello romano”, in: Splendor marmoris. I colori del marmo, tra Roma e l’Europa, da Paolo III a Napoleone III, ed. by Grégoire Extermann and Ariane Varela Braga, Rome: De Luca, 2016: 9-27.

“Ornement, architecture et marbre polychrome: la contribution de John Ruskin”, in: Splendor marmoris. I colori del marmo, tra Roma e l’Europa, da Paolo III a Napoleone III, ed. by Grégoire Extermann and Ariane Varela Braga, Rome: De Luca, 2016: 459-468. 

“Owen Jones and the Oriental Perspective”, in: The Myth of the Orient. Architecture and Ornament in the Age of Orientalism, ed. by Francine Giese and Ariane Varela Braga, Bern: Peter Lang, 2016: 149-164.

Francine Giese, Ariane Varela Braga, et alii, “Resplendence, of al-Andalus. Exchange and Transfer Processes in Mudéjar and neo-Moorish Architecture”, Asiatische Studien, 70, 4/2016: 1307-1353.

“Un modello da seguire. La fortuna della Grammar of Ornament di Owen Jones in Italia nella seconda metà dell’Ottocento”, in: Tra Oltrealpe e Mediterraneo. Arte in Italia 1860-1915, ed. by Manuel Carrera, Niccolo’ D’Agati, Sarah Kinzel, Bern: Peter Lang, 2016: 141-54.

“Blick nach Osten – Orientbegeisterung in Europa des 19. Jahrhunderts”, in: Mythos Orient. Ein Berner Architeckt in Kairo, exhibition catalogue (Schloss Oberhofen, June 2015-October 2017), ed. by Francine Giese, Oberhofen: Stiftung Schloss Oberhofen, 2015: 20-24.

“Die Faszination der islamischen Ornamentik”, in: Mythos Orient. Ein Berner Architeckt in Kairo, exhibition catalogue (Schloss Oberhofen, June 2015-October 2017), ed. by Francine Giese, Oberhofen: Stiftung Schloss Oberhofen, 2015: 30-34.

“Rethinking ornament: « ornamental art » and its issues in mid-nineteenth century Great Britain”, in: Seriell individuel – Handwerkliches im Design, ed. by Greta Brever and Christoph Oestereich, Wiemar: VDG Weimar, 2014: 43-54. 

“Règles et principes: le dessin d’ornement en Angleterre à la fin du XVIIIe siècle”, in: Questions d’ornements (XVe-XVIIIe), ed. by Ralph Dekoninck et alii., Turnhout: Brepols, 2013: 295-301.

“Uno sguardo globale: Owen Jones e la Grammar of Ornament”, in: Ornamento, tra arte e design: interpretazioni, percorsi, e mutazioni nell’Ottocento, ed. by Ariane Varela Braga, proceedings of the study day held on April 23, 2009 at the Swiss Institute in Rome, Basel: Schwabe, 2013: 45-57.

“Les enjeux de la préférence pour les arts primitifs et islamiques dans le discours sur l’ornement au milieu du XIXe siècle”, Images re-vues, Inactualité de l’ornement, 10/2012 (<http://imagesrevues.revues.org/2141>).

“Fortune et renouveau du modèle italien dans l’enseignement des arts décoratifs en Grande-Bretagne (1837-1860), in: Eternal Tour 2009 XYZ, ed. by Donatella Bernardi and Noémie Etienne, Hauterive: Gilles Attinger, 2009: 35-41.

“L’ornementation primitive dans la Grammar of Ornament d’Owen Jones (1856)”, Histoire de l’art, n°53, novembre 2003 : 91-101.
 

 

Aktivitäten

Vorträge

2018
- Zurich, University of Zurich (September 21), “Détours orientaux sur les rives du Léman. Les modèles islamiques à l’École des Arts Industriels de Genève”, Der Orient in der Schweiz/L’Orient en Suisse. Neo-Islamische Architektur und Interieurs des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts, international conference
- Madrid, Museo Cerralbo (May 17), “Between Crisis and Renewal. Exoticism and the Decorative Arts at the International Exhibitions in the 19th and early 20th centuries”, (Invited lecture), III Encuentro Internacional: Artes Decorativas: Coleccionismo y exposiciones en Europa (1851-1929), international conference 
- Geneva, Société des Arts (February 3), “Hermann Hammann (1807-1875): un historien de l’ornement à Genève”, Regards croisés sur les arts à Genève (1846-1896), international conference

2017
- Lisbon, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (November 25), “Do exotismo a perspectiva global. Owen Jones e a gramática do ornamento em série”, (invited keynote speaker), The Art of Ornament. Meaning, Archetypes, Forms and Uses, international conference
- Zurich, University of Zurich (May 5), “Driven to Madness: Cesare Mattei, Ferdinando Panciatichi and the Orientalist Architectural Obsession”, A l’Orientale. Collecting, Displaying and Appropriating Islamic Art and Architecture in the 19th and early 20th Centuries, international conference 

2016
- Zurich, University of Zurich (September 17), “Dreaming the Alhambra. The Castello di Sammezzano at Regello”, The Power of Symbols. The Alhambra in a Global Context, international conference
- Bologna, Palazzo Poggi/Università di Bologna (April 19), “Une Alhambra florentine: la salle mauresque de la Villa Stibbert”, Period Rooms : allestimenti storici tra arte, gusto e collezionismo, international conference
- Edinburgh, University of Edinburgh (April 8), “The Marqués de Cerralbo and the Idea of Islamic Spain”, Panel Orientalism in Spain, 42th Annual Conference of the Association of Art Historians
- Rome, Istituto Svizzero di Roma (March 23), “Digitalizing and exhibiting art: some practical and art historical insights, Going digital? Images, Data, and Disciplinary Imaginaries. Historical and archaeological approaches” (invited lecture)

2015    
- Oberhofen, Schloss Oberhofen am Thunersee (September 13), “Discovering the East: Bonaparte in Egypt and Orientalism”, European Day of Cultural Heritage (invited lecture)
- Oberhofen, Schloss Oberhofen am Thunersee (June 12), “Owen Jones et la perspective orientale”, Mythos Orient. Architektur und Ornament im Zeitalter des Orientalismus, international conference
- Mendrisio, Università della Svizzera Italiana (June 3), “Anthropological Foundations of Ornament: Owen Jones and Gottfried Semper’s Contributions”, Architecture and the Globalization of Knowledge in the Nineteenth Century: Gottfried Semper and the Discipline of Architectural History, international conference (invited paper)
- Rome, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna (February 10), “Un modello da seguire. La fortuna della Grammar of Ornament di Owen Jones in Italia nella seconda metà dell'Ottocento”, Tra Oltralpe e Mediterraneo. Arte in Italia 1860–1915, international study day

2014    
- Hamburg, Warburg-Haus (December 2), “Visions of the Alhambra. Girault de Prangey and Owen Jones’ Spanish travels”, Der Orientalismus in der Kunst des 19. Jahrhunderts auf der Iberischen Halbinsel und in Iberoamerika. Kolloquium der Carl Justi-Vereinigung zur Förderung der kunstwissenschaftlichen Zusammenarbeit mit Spanien, Portugal und Iberoamerika 
- Rome, Accademia Nazionale di San Luca (November 25), “Uno sguardo sull’ornamento”, in Le Metamorfosi dell’ornamento: nuove prospettive interpretative tra storia, arte e design, international conference
- Geneva, University of Geneva (October 8), “Codifier l’ornement : la grammaire visuelle d’Owen Jones”, Seminar Actualités de la recherche (invited lecture)

2013    
- Zurich, ETH (November 13), “Owen Jones’ Grammar of Ornament (1856): visualizing a universal theory of ornament”, in Universal-Specific. From analysis to intervention?, international conference
- Lausanne, Université de Lausanne (August 24), “Appropriation et propriété intellectuelle, hier et aujourd’hui!” (with Marcel Henry), in the Second Congress for Art History in Switzerland

2012     
- Rome, Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (November 1), “The Invention of ornament as a historical discipline: Ralph Nicholson Wornum and Owen Jones”, in The Making of the Humanities III, international conference
- Rome, Palazzo Massimo alle Terme (October 12), “Il colore ritrovato. Ornamento, marmi e rivestimenti policromi vittoriani: il contributo di John Ruskin”, in Marmi policromi. Il gusto del colore nella scultura dal XVI al XIX secolo, international symposium
- Rome, Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata” (January 25), “Foresterie e alloggi per docenti e ricercatori all’estero: la Svizzera a Roma (invited lecture)

2011     
- Louvain-la-Neuve, Université catholique de Louvain (February 4), “Règles et principes: le dessin d’ornement en Angleterre à la fin du XVIIIe siècle”, in Questions d’ornements (XVe-XVIIIe), international symposium

2010    
- Einsiedeln, Bibliothek Werner Oechslin (June 27), “L’ornamento naturalistico di Borromini”. Elfter Internationaler Barocksommerkurs der Stiftung Bibliothek Werner Oechslin, Barock/Ornament

2009 
- London, Victoria and Albert Museum (June 13), invited lecture, “Towards the true path: Owen Jones and the Grammar of Ornament”, Owen Jones Study Day
- Rome, Istituto Svizzero di Roma (April 23) “L’ornamento universale: “Owen Jones e la Grammar of Ornament”. Ornamento, tra arte e design: interpretazione, percorsi e mutazioni nell’Ottocento
- Rome, Università degli Studi de Rome “Tor Vergata” (April 21), “Owen Jones e l’avversione a Roma: il rigetto dell’ornamento romano nella Grammar of Ornament (1856). Grand Tour del Terzo Millennio
- Rome, Istituto Svizzero di Roma (April 6), “Il Grand Tour a portata di mano: Owen Jones e il Crystal Palace di Sydenham”, Swiss Cube: Please to meet you…

2008     
- Venice, Venice International University (September 26), “Owen Jones – travel as inspiration”. Ruskin, Venice, and 19th century cultural travel
- Rome, Istituto Svizzero di Roma (July 11), “Crise et renouveau du modèle italien dans l’enseignement des arts décoratifs en Grande-Bretagne (1837-1860)”, Boomerang Effect

2007     
- Basel, University of Basel (November 23), “Owen Jones et le Crystal Palace de Sydenham”, XI Nachwuchskolloquium für Kunstgeschichte in der Schweiz
- Geneva, Haute Ecole d’Art et de Design (April 26), Project presentation, Postgrade studies
program CCC (Critical Curatorial Cybermedia)
- Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (May 16), “Ornementation islamique et primitive dans la Grammar of Ornament d’Owen Jones”, 5° Ecole de Printemps, L’Histoire de l’art face à l’anthropologie

2006     
- La Chaux-de-Fonds, Club 44 (May 18), “Owen Jones, pionnier de l’art nouveau ?”. Art nouveau et pédagogie, Art Nouveau – La Chaux-de-Fonds 2005-2006, organised by the UNESCO in Switzerland

Veranstaltung von Kolloquien und Kongressen

2019
The Global Diffusion of the Moorish Revival. Exhibitions, Academies and Polytechnical Schools. International conference, Madrid, ETSA-UPM, May 10-11 (with Francine Giese and Fernando Vela Cossia)
Negotiating the Past. Islamic Heritage in Italy and Spain. International conference, Venice, IUAV, February 1-2 (with Francine Giese, Juan Calatrava and Guido Zucconi)

2018
Roma: essere artista in una città cosmopolita?, Rome, Istituto Svizzero di Roma, October 18
Der Orient in der Schweiz/L’ Orient en Suisse. Neo-Islamische Architektur und Interieurs des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts. International conference, Zurich, University of Zurich, September 21 (with Francine Giese and Leïla el-Wakil)
Mémoires fragiles. Conserving Orientalist Architecture in Switzerland and beyond. International workshop in collaboration with Icomos, Zurich, University of Zurich, September 22 (with Francine Giese and Leïla el-Wakil)
La Centralità dell’ornamento, Rome, The British School at Rome, May 7

2017
A l’Orientale – Collecting, Displaying and Appropriating Islamic Art and Architecture in the 19th and early 20th centuries. International conference, Zurich, University of Zurich and Schaffausen, Charlottenfels, May 4-6 (with Francine Giese and Mercedes Volait)

2016
The Power of Symbols. The Alhambra in a Global Context. International conference, Zurich, University of Zurich, September 15-17 (with Francine Giese) 
Becoming Roman: Artistic Immigration in the Urbe from the Sixteenth to the Twenthieth Centuries. Rome, The British School at Rome, May 20 (with Thomas-Leo True) 

2015
Mythos Orient. Architektur und Ornament im Zeitalter des Orientalismus. International conference, Oberhofen, Schloss Oberhofen am Thunersee, June 12 (with Francine Giese and Christina Fankhauser)

2014
Le Metamorfosi dell’ornamento: nuove prospettive interpretative tra storia, arte e design, International conference (under the patronage of Istituto Svizzero di Roma), Rome, Accademia Nazionale di San Luca, November 12 

2013
The Ephemeral and the Permanent: artistic exchanges between theatre and the visual arts in Rome, 1300-1700, International Conference, Rome, American Academy in Rome, 17-18 October (with Yoko M. Hara)
Panel Appropriations (Articulations, Association suisse pour la relève en histoire de l’art), Second Swiss Congress of Art History, Lausanne, Université de Lausanne, 22-24 August (with Marcel Henry, Laura Zaugg, Andreas Blätter)

2012
Il gusto del colore. L’uso dei marmi policromi nella scultura tra XVI e XIX secoli, International Symposium, Rome, Istituto Svizzero di Roma and Palazzo Massimo alle terme, organized in collaboration with Université de Genève and Università di Roma Tre, 10-12 October (with Grégoire Extermann)
Rome Art History Network : Storia dell’arte tra scienza e dillettantismo. Metodi e percorsi, International study day, Rome, Accademia Nazionale di San Luca and Istituto Svizzero di Roma, organized in collaboration with Università di Roma Tor Vergata, 24 April (with Marcel Henry) 
Immagine e realtà, Study day, Rome, Istituto Svizzero di Roma, 7 July (co-organised) 

2009
Ornamento, tra arte e design: interpretazioni, percorsi, e mutazioni nell’Ottocento, International study day, Rome, Istituto Svizzero di Roma, organized in collaboration with Académie de France à Rome/Villa Medicis, Università di Roma La Sapienza and Université de Neuchâtel, 23 April