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STUDENTSí STORIES: Per Rumberg
Per was supported by the Edmond J. Safra Philanthropic Foundation and later with a three-year scholarship funded by The Friends of The Courtauld.
Per Rumberg has fully deserved his recent appointment as Pidem Curatorial Assistant at The National Gallery in London. Professor Patricia Rubin, Per’s academic PhD supervisor highly praises him: “I really do not know how to begin my praise of Per and to state my extraordinary gratitude at being able to work with this remarkable young man. Per has very special qualities of character and of intellect: he is refined and precise in his thinking, he becomes completely absorbed in a given problem and invariably makes important discoveries. Over the past two years Per has acted as my research assistant. I trust him as much as I admire him.”
After studying art history at the Humboldt University in Berlin, Per has been at The Courtauld since 2006, first as an MA student, and then - having won the Courtauld Dissertation Prize 2007 for his MA dissertation – to work with Professor Patricia Rubin on his PhD on Verrocchio’s Doubting Thomas.
There was hardly any aspect of The Courtauld’s academic life where Per did not contribute, be it the Research Forum, the seminar group Writing Art History or the postgraduate research journal immediations. All of these would have been very different without his contributions. “Parallel to the work on my dissertation, I served on the postgraduate advisory board of the Research Forum as well as the editorial board of immediations and, together with Jim Harris, edited the book Art & Nature, the first volume of the immediations conference papers. In addition, I was teaching for the Institut d’Etudes Supérieures des Arts in Paris, being involved in particular in their MA programme on the history of art and collecting, a course organised jointly with the Wallace Collection in London.”
Per’s studies and research were supported first by the Edmond J. Safra Foundation and later with a three-year scholarship funded by the Friends of The Courtauld. “None of this, neither my research nor my further activities, would have been possible without the most generous support provided by the Friends of The Courtauld over the last three years, and I would like to thank you, once again, for making this possible.” Per Rumberg
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