California State University International Program Florence


Pettena Giulia Pettena


Teaches: Fall, Spring

Giulia Pettena obtained her degree in Lettere e Filosofia (Humanities) at the University of Florence in 1997 after following a four-year-study curriculum of courses on both ancient art, history and classics and modern literature and linguistics.  Her graduation thesis in Etruscology and Italic Archeology, L’iconografia navale in Etruria dal protovillanoviano all’orientalizzante’[Naval Iconography in Etruria from Protovillanovan to Orientalization], was awarded the highest evaluation because, according to the jury, the thesis could be distinguished as an original and important contribution, both for the quality of its critical-historical analysis, as well as for the author’s extensive work ordering and cataloguing materials, part of which had never been presented before. The thesis also included a fully documented typological hypothesis on Etruscan ship shapes and characters as derived from both their hyconographical representation and literary description by Greek and Latin authors.  The choice of the thesis subject - a deep insight on Etruscan vessels, and more extensively on the relationship of the Etruscan civilization with the sea and all maritime activities – had been also suggested by Giulia Pettena’s previous experiences in underwater archeological sites with the Soprintendenza Archeologica della Toscana (Pozzino Wreck, Baratti 1990), and Oxford University (Gorgona Island, 1990), as well as by her work in digs with Professor Camporeale and the Florence University Etruscology Department at the Etruscan site near the Lago dell’Accesa (Massa Marittima, 1990-91-92).

The research that had started with her thesis proceeded in the following years through specialized courses (III Corso in Archeologia e Storia Navale, Cattolica,  1997, Corso di aggiornamento d’archeologia della Soprintendenza Archeologica per la Toscana, 1997-98) papers and lectures (“Immagini e modelli navali in Etruria: l’iconografia come fonte documentaria alla base di uno studio sulle navi etrusche” [ Images and naval models inEtruria.  Iconography as a documentary source for the study of Etruscan ships”], Arezzo,  Accademia Petrarca di Lettere, Arti e Scienze, 2007, to be published in 2008), exhibition and catalogue curatorships, and numerous essays and articles among which “Le Navi e la navigazione etrusche [Ships and Navigation in Etruria] Convegno FIAS, Torino, 2001, “The Etruscans – An ancient culture revealed” (German version “Die Etrusker – Entdeckung im Verborgenen”), co-editor Domizia Tami, catalogue of the exhibition on the Cambi Collection ( Kassel 2003, Atlanta 2004) and the publication of the book Gli Etruschi e il mare [The Etruscans and the Sea] (Ananke,2002).

Giulia Pettena’s interest in the study of the classics, and particularly of ancient civilizations and art through their representation and, by association, in the analysis, cataloguing, recuperation and study of archeological materials, has marked the course of her activity and research work.  Her career has been further addressed in this direction by her extensive training through post-lauream studies, such as a first Masters Degree (Master in Multimedia, University of Florence/RAI, 1999)  which she obtained after a two-year course, with scholarship and also acting as a tutor, and the recent admission (2005) to the highly selective doctorate programme of the Florence Istituto di Studi Umanistici – Antichitą, Medioevo e Rinascimento, which is part of an European project for specialized research of the most prestigious universities in the field of humanities.  After winning admission and a three year scholarship for the development of a research proposal on “L’iconografia navale in Etruria: un tema figurativo ricorrente nell’ambito della produzione artistica etrusca dalla facies villaniovana all’etą ellenistica. Studio della tipologia, analisi e classificazione della produzione artistica, significati ed implicazioni sociali ed economiche.” [Naval Iconography in Etruria: a recurrent figurative theme in the context of the Etruscan artistic production from the Villanovan phases to the Hellenistic Age.  A typological study, analysis and classification of the artistic production, its meaning, social and political implications], Professor Michel Gras tutor, she had been working on it for the completion of her doctorate thesis to be defended within 2008.
On 2nd April 2009 she obtained her doctorate (PHD).

Through the years Giulia Pettena applied her capacities in information technology and multimedia techniques to both her notions in archeology and art history, by also working in projects with State and City Administrations, museums and private institutions  as part of MultimediaWaves Studio (now MW Studio) which specializes in multimedia applied to archeology, historical-archeological reconstructions, videos and documentary films, image processing, modelling 3D, animations, electronic publishing, digital didactics.  Among these, the City of Prato (Museo virtuale multimediale “Prato cittą tessile medievale”, Il sistema museale di Prato, 1997-99), the City of Florence Museums Bardini–Corsi, Romano, Carnielo, Firenze com’era, Museo di S.M. Novella (Progetto Giubileo, 1999, A virtual guide to the church of S.M. Novella, 2000),  the cultural associations “Amici del Bargello” and “Memofonte”. (websites and digital archives, 2004-2007), the Florence publishers Loggia dei Lanzi (1998) and Scramasax (2000).
Teaching experience in State and City schools with courses in Etruscan civilization  (Scuola Media ‘Roncalli’, Pistoia, 1992-93) and Image and Communication in Art (Scuola Media ‘Fermi’, Prato, 2003-04).

Arels Oxford Higher Certificate in spoken English and comprehension