The American Friends of Capodimonte is very pleased to announce that James Anno has been selected to be the first Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Capodimonte Museum. His post starts in September 2017.
James Anno is the first Curatorial Fellow of American Friends of Capodimonte (AFC). He received his Ph.D. in Art History and Archaeology from Washington University in St. Louis in May 2017. His dissertation explores the interrelationship of time, movement, and narrative in select works of Michelangelo, and his advisor was the Michelangelo scholar, William E. Wallace. James is well versed in Italian Renaissance and Baroque art. His interest in Michelangelo, however, made him an exceptionally strong candidate since the Capodimonte has two large cartoons by Michelangelo – one for a painting of Venus and Cupid, and the other as a preparatory sketch for the Crucifixion of St. Peter fresco in the Vatican’s Pauline Chapel.
Anno is a native of Oklahoma and received his BS in Biochemistry at Oklahoma Baptist University and his MA in Art History at the University of Oklahoma. He is the recipient of two pre-doctoral fellowships: one from the Fondazione Lemmermann to research and write in Rome and the other as a graduate intern in the Department of Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the National Gallery of Art, Washington.
He began his museum career as a guard at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
James's mission as AFC Curatorial Fellow is to assist Director Sylvain Bellenger in curatorial, conservation, and administration matters. In particular, James is positioned to help broaden the Capodimonte’s international exposure by introducing the English language to the museum’s programming and exhibition initiatives. He will also be producing scholarly work relevant to the Capodimonte's collection during his two-year tenure. He is joined by his wife, Kimberly, and their two small children.
Applications for the following cycle will next be accepted September through December 2018. The appointment of the second Capodimonte Post-Doctoral Fellow will be announced by March 15, 2019.