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Alina Payne

Visiting Scholar (Sep 2018-Okt 2018)

PhD, Alexander P. Misheff Professor of History of Art and Architecture, Paul E. Geier Director, Villa I Tatti, Florence, Italy

Alina Payne is Paul E. Geier Director of Villa I Tatti, The Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, and Alexander P. Misheff Professor of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University. She was trained as an architect (McGill) and received MA and PhD degrees in art/architecture history (University of Toronto). She taught at Oberlin College, the University of Toronto, and joined Harvard University in 2003. In 2006, she was awarded the Max Planck Research Prize for the Humanities from the Max Planck Society and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2006–2012). She was inducted into the American Academy of Arts of Sciences in October 2017. 

Alina is the author of books on the Renaissance and modern architectural history with an emphasis on the relationships between architecture and other fields of knowledge: visual arts, sciences, literature (letters), technology, and social sciences (for example, anthropology). With support from the Max Planck Research Award and the Getty Foundation, she has also explored issues of portability of art objects and exchanges between cultures in the Mediterranean environment (including Eastern Europe). Recent volumes of essays arising from these projects include Dalmatia and the Mediterranean: Portable Archaeology and the Poetics of Influence (Brill, 2014) and Histories of Ornament: Between Global and Local (co-editor; Princeton, 2016). Most recently, she has edited The Companion to Renaissance and Baroque Architecture (Blackwell/Wiley, 2017) and Revision, Revival, and Return: The Renaissance in the Nineteenth-Century (co-editor; Villa I Tatti/Harvard, 2018).

She has been Visiting Professor at the Villa I Tatti in Florence, Hertziana/Max Planck Institute in Rome, KHI/Max Planck Institute in Florence, the University of Palermo, the University of Rome II, and École Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Paris). In 2016, she was the Chaire du Louvre (Paris).


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Architecture in Two Dimensions. From Drawing to Photography