The Art of Europe department of the Museum of Fine Arts houses one of the preeminent collections of European art in North America, including paintings, sculptures, furniture and decorative arts. The Museum is planning, for 2017-2018, a major exhibition on Europe in the age of Giacomo Casanova (1725-1798). The exhibition, organized by curators in the Art of Europe department, seeks a graduate-level research intern to assist with aspects of the scholarly preparation of the exhibition. 

Working under the curator of paintings and the curator of decorative arts, this intern will have an opportunity to learn first-hand about curatorial careers, exhibition planning, and above all the scholarly literature on the visual arts and history of the eighteenth century. The intern will receive training, tours of libraries and archives, and database orientation. The intern will be included in behind-the-scenes visits and learning opportunities throughout the MFA. Successful candidates will be mature, have demonstrated skill at library and art historical research in languages, be systematic in documentation, and enjoy tracking down bibliography and solving specific research questions. 


  • Library research on the art of Casanova’s time and the places he lived or visited (Venice, Rome, Paris, London, Constantinople, Russia, etc.) 
  • Preparation of research summaries
  • Compilation and editing of bibliographies, tracking down sources online or in libraries
  • Translation and summary of selected texts into English
  • Ensure complete and accurate documentation in hard copy and electronic formats
  • Learn about and assist with daily tasks, both research and clerical, including official correspondence


            • Enrollment in, or very recent completion of, a graduate program in art history
            • Substantial experience using libraries to research European art, particularly Italian, French, and British art
            • Excellent reading knowledge of European languages and familiarity with the arts of the eighteenth century, including decorative arts
            • Ability to commit to a regular schedule of 15 hours per week (a total of 180 hours) 
            • Ability to attend orientation on either Sat, Sept 17 (9:30am) or Wed, Oct 5 (10am or 6pm)




                    Part Time


                    15.00 hours per week

                    Flexible within Mon-Fri, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. parameters.


                    February 3, 2015


                    Art of Europe