Erika Meneghini




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Erika Meneghini is a PhD candidate at the Department of Art History of the University of Vienna. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Heritage from the University of Trento (2016) and completed her master’s degree in Art History at the University of Vienna (2020). She is currently pursuing a doctorate under the supervision of Professor Sebastian Schütze, where she specializes in Settecento Neapolitan art. Her research focuses on Nicola Maria Rossi (1690-1758) and his role between Naples and Vienna in the early 18th century. Erika has been working as a project assistant at the Vienna Center of the History of Collecting from July 2020 until June 2022. She previously worked as an art educator at the Benrath Palace in Düsseldorf.

Research interests: Neapolitan Baroque painting and drawing; Settecento Naples; literary academies, art patronage; workshop practices; collections and collectors; art market; provenance research; cultural transfer; the Kingdom of Naples; the Austrian Viceroys; Vienna in the 18th century.

Current research project: Nicola Maria Rossi (1690-1758) between Naples and Vienna. A Key Figure in the Circle of Francesco Solimena.
The dissertation project examines the role of Late Baroque Neapolitan artist Nicola Maria Rossi between Naples and Vienna in the early 18th century as a tool to investigate broader art historical questions under a new perspective. These include: the practices of Francesco Solimena’s workshop, the cultural transfer processes between Naples and Vienna and the network of the Neapolitan Accademia dell’ Arcadia.  The PhD-thesis aims to reconstruct the pictorial and graphical oeuvre of the artist and focuses especially on Rossi's Viennese commissions during the Austrian viceroyal administration in Naples.  

Grants and Fellowships

  • The Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) – Go.Investigatio Fellowship (6 months) – Host          Institutions: Archivio di Stato di Napoli, Naples, Biblioteca Nazionale di Napoli, Naples, Bibliotheca Hertziana, Rome
  • University of Vienna – Short-term Grants Abroad (KWA) (2 months) – Host Institutions: The British Museum, London, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia


  • L'opera di Nicola Maria Rossi a Vienna. Dal soggiorno austriaco alle "grandiose" tele per il Gartenpalais Harrach, in Arte e cultura italiana a Vienna. Seconda parte. Artisti, opere, collezioni, proceedings of the international conference 11– 12 May in Vienna (edited by Cecilia Mazzetti di Pietralata and Silvia Tammaro), Wiener Jahrbuch für Kunstgeschichte, LXVIII [accepted].
  • Die Wiederentdeckung eines „verschollenen“ Archivkonvolutes. Neue Erkenntnisse zur Baugeschichte und Ausstattung des Palais Rofrano-Auersperg in Wien, in Wiener Jahrbuch für Kunstgeschichte, LXVII [in print].
  • Essays on the Viennese collectors Heinrich von Ferstel (1828–1883), Sámuel Festetics de Tolna (1806–1862) and Karl Lanckoroński von Brzezie (1848–1933), in Sebastian Schütze (Ed.), Kunstsammler in Wien. Biografische Profile zwischen Statuskonkurrenz, Kunstmarkt und Kennerschaft (Forschungen aus dem Vienna Center for the History of Collecting) [in print].


Conference Papers

  • Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Vienna and University of Vienna, Department of Art History (Mai 2023) – Il ruolo di Nicola Maria Rossi (1690–1758) nella diffusione della pittura napoletana in Austria. Dal soggiorno viennese alla corte vicereale asburgica at the international conference Arte e cultura italiana a Vienna. Seconda parte. Artisti, opere, collezioni

  • Albertina Museum and University of Vienna, Department of Art History, (July 2002) – Nicola Maria Rossi as a Draftsman. A Key Figure in Francesco Solimena's Circle at the Study Course: Drawings in Theory and Practice

  • University of Vienna, Department of Art History (June 2022) – A Perfect Imitator. The Role of Nicola Maria Rossi in Solimena’s Workshop and His Stylistic Development at the PhD-Kolloquium of the Research Cluster “Art History and Visual Culture (Doctoral School for Historical and Cultural Studies)

  • Kyoto University and University of Vienna – Solimena's Northern Legacy: Nicola Maria Rossi between Naples and Vienna during the Viceregal Times (1707-1734) as part of the Joint Art History Seminar


  • University of Vienna – 080093-1 UE AKTION Masterabschluss (2022W) group 1 (online)