Nikola Piperkov received his Ph.D. in History of Art from Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. His research focuses on the iconography of Mercury/Hermes in Renaissance Florence, Paris, Lyons, Prague, Munich, Antwerp, Haarlem and Amsterdam with a particular emphasis on Hermetic, alchemical and hieroglyphic theory.
Nikola was awarded scholarships and fellowships by the French School in Rome (2015), Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (2011-2014) and the Academy of Lyons (2009-2011).
Nikola supervised courses in Italian Renaissance Art and Theory at Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (2011-2014). He worked as teaching assistant at Université Lyon II Lumière, where he was charged with courses on Italian Renaissance and Mannerism, Early Modern numismatics, French academic art and Historiography (2014-2016). Currently, Nikola gives classes at Université Lyon III Jean Moulin in Renaissance Art History.
Nikola is associated with SEFR (Society for European Festivals Research, Warwick University, UK). He has published several studies on Early Modern ephemeral decorations, namely on the iconographic and theoretic work of the Jesuit Friar Claude-François Ménestrier (1631-1704).
Nikola is an associated researcher at CNRS (Centre National de Recherche Scientifique), UMR LARHRA (Rhône-Alpes).
Also, Nikola is charged by public authorities in Caluire (Lyons) to conduct a historic and iconographic research on the Novitiate of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (1844-1846), and on its chapel build by Lous-Jean Sainte-Marie Perrin (1885-1888). This research examines religious art during the French Third Republic in a highly delicate time-line, framed by Jules Ferry’s Reforms in Education (1881) and by the Separation of State and Church (1905).