Michèle Humbert

General presentation:

She has an Art history channel in Florence and also in Rome. She is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Evry Val d’Essonne, and has collaborated with researchers from several universities: Sapienza and ENSBA in Rome, IDEAT at Pantheon-Sorbonne University, and RASM in Evry. She began her career by taking part in research programs and publications under the supervision of G.C Argan, eminent Italian art historian and former mayor of Rome, and Jean-Claude Lebensztejn.


Art history and architecture

Fields of expertise:

Iconology and iconography

Marcel Duchamp and historic avant-gardes

The printing and distribution of architecture treaties and architectural models between Italy and France

The iconology of silence


Research topics:

The visible as method of reception for works of art

The engineering of exchanges in contemporary art

Filled space: the visual organization of reception

Observation of visible urban networks

Art dialogue and place through focus examples

Writing, gesture and silence

Marcel Duchamp, the archeology of  silence and opposite co-intelligences

The preservation of patrimony



(Selected according to lectures given at UEVE and during the past few years)

  • 1979. Serlio e l’architettura borghese in Francia, in Storia dell’arte, n° 43, La Nuova Italia, Florence 1981.
  • 1980. Serlio e Palladio: la dialettica classico-anticlassico, dans Miscellanea in onore di G.C. Argan, 1980, vol. III, December 1985.
  • 1981. “Roma et la trattatistica del Cinquecento: il “decoro” come arredo urbano”, in Catalogue de l’exposition sur le mobilier urbain, Institut Mides, 1981.
  • 1981. L’incisione e le arti visive, in Catalogue de l’exposition il segno nell’incisione: inediti del ‘900, l’Aquila 1981.
  • 1983. Les Musées aujourd’hui: architecture et aménagement, Techniques et Architecture n° 347, May 1983.
  • 1983. Théorie et pratique de l’urbanité, in Techniques et architecture. Entretien avec G. C. Argan, December 1983, n° 351.
  • 1985. Marc-Aurèle et la place du Capitole, review of Monuments historiques, n° 138 April and May 1985.
  • 1985. “L’Arredo e la Trattatistica”, “I portali come elementi di arredo urbano”,”Il Monumento e l’arredo anonimo”, “l’arredo urbano nel rione pigna” in Appunti sull’arredo urbano a Roma, Sapienza University of Rome, éd. Multigrafica, 1985. Introduction Giulio Carlo Argan.
  • 1986. “Aménagement et création: une constante dans l’histoire de l’architecture italienne”, in Créer dans le Créé, l’architecture contemporaine dans les bâtiments anciens, Electa Moniteur, Milan, Paris
  • 1986, Exposition organized by Icomos/France at the Centre Pompidou.
  • 1986. “Du bon usage des ruines selon les historiae de G.F. Poggio Bracciolini”, Amphion, ed. Picard, Paris 1986.
  • 1986. “Diderot critico d’arte. La questione del colore.” Communication at the colloquium Who’s afraid of red, yellow and blue, visioni contemporanee del colore”. Rome, C.N.R. (June, 3th, 4th, and 5th).
  • 1987. Décor urbain: les ruines de Rome, review Monuments historiques, January and February.
  • 1987. “Duchamp provocazione e tradizione”, in Art e Dossier n°19, December.
  • 1988. « E l’empietà turba il corso del destino » (Omero), Emergenza, in Verso Levante, Vendicari
  • 1988. Exposition.
  • 1991. “Jean-Jacques Lequeu : un doppio enigma”, Phalaris, n°15 September and October 1991.
  • 1991. “Un caso esemplare : l’arte contemporanea fra tradizione e provocazione”,   in Scuola, Bollettino quadrimestrale dell’Istituto Regionale di Ricerca Sperimentazione Aggiornamento Educativi della Toscana, IRRSAE, January to April 1991.
  • 1991. “Giochi linguistici e linguaggio in Duchamp: dalla ruota di bicicletta a With my tongue in my cheek “ in Studi in onore di Giulio Carlo Argan, La Nuova Italia, Florence, 1994.
  • 1991. Accusò Michelangelo d’indecenza , “Les beaux-arts reconduits à un seul principe” by C. Batteux and “La perfection de la peinture” by Fréart de Chambray,  Wimbledon  n° 14, May.
  • 1991. Seurat, Breton e il nuovo Jeu de Paume, Wimbledon, n° 16, July and August.
  • 1992. L’héritage de Léonard de Vinci, debate day with Carlo Pedretti. Institut culturel français of Florence. Communication about « Duchamp interprète Léonard ».
  • 1997. “Marcel Duchamp et les avatars du silence”, Etant donné n°1, Review of l’Association pour l’Etude by Marcel Duchamp, first semester 1999, Paris.
  • 1983 Théorie et pratique de l’urbanité, in Techniques et architecture. Interview with G. C. Argan, December 1983, n° 351, p.52-57.
  • 1999. “Trasformismo e espropriazione nel paesaggio urbano”. convegno internazionale sulla conservazione e il restauro, University of Florence, December.
  • 2001. Convegno sulla Conservazione e il restauro, University of Florence, December 2001.
  • 2002. M. Duchamp e R. Roussel, un dialogo attorno all’ut pictura poesis, in Laboratorio Raymond Roussel, February, 2003, Rome, ed. Lithos.
  • 2003-2005. In collaboration with the author, had responsibility (revision and annotation) of Dada à Paris’ new edition by Michel Sanouillet, reference book about Dada movement. Author of the introduction. English translation about to be published at MIT Press.
  • 2004.  21 unpublished letters of Tristan Tzara published in Dada, Paris.
  • 2004. “apparenza e consistenza”, convegno internazionale sulla conservazione e il restauro, University of Florence.
  • 2004-2005. File in preparation for registration on the supplementary inventory of caserne Schomberg’s historical model building of the 19th century (this demand was successful: the building was listed in January 2005).
  • 2005 the University of Evry Val d’Essonne, Musicology and Performing arts. Study day on Expression organized by V. Anger. Expression and indifference in Marcel Duchamp’s work.
  • 2005. Violer la tradition: « à propos de la provocation silencieuse de Marcel Duchamp ». Colloquium at the Villa Médicis (Rome) about Violent creation: creative impulsion between dexterity and violence. Proceedings to be published.
  • 2005, Dada a Parigi, in Art e Dossier n° 215, edition Giunti.
  • 2006, Marcel Duchamp et l’Erratum musical : interprétations et modes d’apparition in Cahier des Sciences de l’Art, n°3 dedicated to musical interpretation, Pantheon Sorbonne University, CNRS, to be published.
  • 2007. Emotion et indifférence chez Marcel Duchamp, Humboldt College colloquium organized by D. Ehrhardt, German embassy about « Emotions: à travers sciences et humanités ».



Art history

Art and urbanity

Dialogue and the interpretation of art

Introduction to research and its applications

Interpretation of the city





Ecole Alsacienne, Paris Nanterre University, Pantheon Sorbonne University, La Sapienza in Roma

Work experience

Tenured art history and contemporary art history teacher at the ENSBA in Florence, then in Rome

Member of the AICA