Marcello Simonetta

Marcello Simonetta

dates de séjour

01/09/2011 - 29/02/2012






Italian Academy for Advanced Studies at Columbia University, New York, États-Unis

pays d'origine


projet de recherche

Lucien Bonaparte: A Documentary Biography (1775-1840)

The final result of my research project will be two separate but complementary publications: a biography of Lucien Bonaparte (to be published in English, French, and Italian) and a critical edition of Lucien’s Mémoires (to be published in French). The Mémoires will be thoroughly annotated and will require at least a six-month long stay in Paris to consult original sources like private correspondences, diplomatic and official documents, newspapers, memoirs and such.


Cette résidence a bénéficié d'une aide de l'État gérée par l'Agence nationale de la recherche dans le cadre des programmes d'Investissements d'avenir au titre du Laboratoire d'excellence RFIEA+.


born in Pavia, Italy in 1968. In 1993 he obtained a Laurea in Lettere e Filosofia (magna cum laude) from the University “La Sapienza” in Rome. In 2001 he received a Ph.D. in Italian literature from Yale University. He published three books: Rinascimento segreto: il mondo del Segretario da Petrarca a Machiavelli, Milan: Franco Angeli, 2004; The Montefeltro Conspiracy. A Renaissance Mystery Decoded, New York: Doubleday, 2008 (in Italian: L’enigma Montefeltro. Arte e intrighi dalla congiura dei Pazzi alla Cappella Sistina, Milan: Rizzoli, 2008); and his forthcoming Napoleon and The Rebel: A Story of Brotherhood, Passion and Power (co-authored with Noga Arikha), New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). With the support of the IEA Fellowship he pursues his research on a critical edition of Lucien Bonaparte’s unpublished MémoiresB