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Maja Michaliszyn

PhD Candidate, Sainsbury Institute for Art, University of East Anglia

Maja Michaliszyn is a PhD candidate in Art History at the University of East Anglia. Her broad area of research includes visual and material culture as well as social history of eighteenth-century Venice.  Her interests also include the transformation of the notion of ‘public’ and ‘private’ in the eighteenth century. In her dissertation entitled Masquerade, Performance and Public Spaces in Pietro Longhi’s Paintings of Eighteenth-century Venice, Maja examines dynamic interaction in Longhi’s paintings between clearly defined social spaces, the public role of masking in Venice, and how the wearing of masks affected social relations. She received her BA from the University of Glasgow in 2012 with a first class degree in Art History and Italian, and her MA from the University of East Anglia in 2014 with a distinction in Museum Studies. She has worked in various museums including the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery and the Burrell Collection, both in Glasgow, the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice. As part of her postgraduate degree Maja has curated an exhibition Moore in Focus: Friendship in Letters at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich.

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