Sir Denis Mahon Essay Prize 2016

Dr. Amanda Hilliam in Cento, Italy, on the occasion of The Sir Denis Mahon Essay Prize on 8 November 2016, with the Mayor of Cento, Suzanne Marriott and Dr. Fausto Gozzi, Director of The Pinacoteca Civica di Cento.

 

The Sir Denis Mahon Essay Prize 2016 at the Church of San Lorenzo, Cento, Italy.

featuring
AMANDA HILLIAM, Winner
With her Essay presented as a Lecture:
Filippo Baldinucci and the Drawings of Ludovico Cigoli.

The Sir Denis Mahon Essay Prize 2016 was held at the Church of San Lorenzo, Cento, Italy, and was hosted by Dr. Fausto Gozzi, Director of The Pinacoteca Civica di Cento.

Dr. Amanda Hilliam won the 2016 Sir Denis Mahon Essay Prize for her essay entitled “Filippo Baldinucci and the Drawings of Ludovico Cigoli.” In 2018 the essay was published in the Sir Denis Mahon Foundation catalogue produced by the Burlington Magazine.

Dr Hilliam received her PhD entitled “Beyond Painting: Carlo Crivelli’s Celestial Fictions” in 2020. Her research was funded by an Arts and Humanities Research Council Collaborative Doctoral Award, held at the National Gallery, London and Oxford Brookes University. Informed by the results of fieldwork in the Italian Marches and technical analysis conducted by National Gallery scientists, the thesis examined the 15th-century Venetian painter’s distinctive representational system and its devotional functions.

She is currently co-curating an exhibition dedicated to Carlo Crivelli at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, in partnership with the National Gallery and funded by a major grant from the Ampersand Foundation. She will be the principal author of the exhibition’s accompanying catalogue. Dr Hilliam is also a researcher for Katherine Ara Ltd, a London-based conservation studio specialising in Old Master Paintings, and a lecturer on the Courtauld Institute’s Summer School programme. Previously she held the 2018-19 Joseph F. McCrindle Foundation Predoctoral Curatorial Fellowship at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., in the Prints and Drawings department.

She has published reviews, articles and essays in peer reviewed journals and edited volumes, and has been the recipient of several awards, including from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the Italian Art Society, the Getty Foundation and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. Dr Hilliam earned her Masters degree from the University of Oxford with Distinction, after graduating with a First Class degree from the University of Bristol.