Since the 1950’s the Institute promotes courses and research in Art History. Head of the activities is the Assistant Director. Assoc. prof. Sabrina Norlander Eliasson was appointed to the post in 2008. She holds a doctorate from the University of Uppsala where she was Research Fellow in 2006-2007. In 2007-2008 she was Assistant professor at the Department of Art History at Stockholm University. She has an extensive curatorial experience from the Nationalmuseum of Fine Arts in Stockholm both as an assistant curator and as researcher. In 2004, she co-curated the exhibition Dreaming of Italy. Nordic Artists in the South 1750-1870 and since 2006 she is the coordinator for the research project on the collection of Italian paintings at the museum.
Sabrina Norlander Eliasson is specialized in Roman Settecento art and culture with a particular focus on its social history and economic transactions. Among other interests are eighteenth-century portraiture, display, the history of collections and literary descriptions of artistic practices and discourses. Together with Dr Stefano Fogelberg Rota she organized the conference The City of the Soul. The Literary Making of Rome” in September 2010. She is the author of Portraiture and Social Identity in Eighteeenth-Century Rome which was published with Manchester University Press in 2009. Currently she is finishing a book-length study entitled Behind double walls: Elite nuns and cultural consumption in Eighteenth-century Rome.
Annual Fellow in Art History: Jan Ahlklo