A medieval art historian, Silvia Armando has an MA degree in Preservation of Cultural Heritage and received her PhD in Art History from the Università della Tuscia (Viterbo). Her research and teaching focuses on cultural and artistic interchanges across the medieval Mediterranean.
At John Cabot University, Dr Armando currently teaches World Art II: Visual Culture of the Middle Ages and Islam (AH142) and the Research Seminar in Medieval Art Mediterranean Intersections: Material and Visual Culture in Medieval Sicily (AH 730c, MA Program).
Dr Armando defended her PhD dissertation on the ‘Siculo-Arabic’ ivories in 2012, and has been Swarzenski Fellow 2014-2015 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York, where she coordinated a multidisciplinary project dedicated to these artifacts.
She is the author of published and forthcoming articles about Mediterranean ivory production. She also collaborates with several international projects (The Medieval Iberian Treasury in Context: Collections, Connections, and Representations on the Peninsula and Beyond, CSIC, Madrid, 2019-2022; The Medieval Treasury across Frontiers and Generations: The Kingdom of León-Castilla in the Context of Muslim-Christian Interchange, c. 1050-1200, CSIC, Madrid, 2016-2018; Die Elfenbeinkämme des Früh- und Hochmittelalters, Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich, 2016-2018; medieval ivories catalog of the Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence, 2017-2018).
In 2017 she was Italian Fellow in Medieval Studies at the American Academy in Rome, where she has worked on the Italian pioneer of Islamic Art studies, Ugo Monneret de Villard (1881-1954). In 2018 Dr Armando co-organized a conference held at the American Academy, dedicated to the Historiography of Islamic Art in Italy. She is currently editing the proceedings. Silvia Armando was formerly awarded prizes and fellowships for her research on this topic (Compagnia di San Paolo Fellowship and Prix Marc de Montalembert, Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, Paris; 2011 Margaret B. Ševčenko Prize for Best Article on Islamic Art).
Dr Armando has taught Islamic Art History at the Università di Urbino, and has held seminars in the Università La Sapienza, Università degli Studi di Bologna, and King Saud University in Riyadh.
For information on Silvia Armando: https://johncabot.academia.edu/SilviaArmando