Antonio Becchi

Visiting Scholar (Jan 2019-Dec 2024)

Antonio Becchi (PhD 1994) studied in Genoa, Florence, and Bologna, and spent long research periods in Berlin, Göttingen, Paris, and London. He taught at the Universities of Genoa and Venice (IUAV). His research interests include the history of science, mechanics, art, and architecture.

He is co-founder of the Edoardo Benvenuto Association for the History of Structural Mechanics (1999), Edoardo Benvenuto Prize (2002), Bibliotheca Mechanico-Architectonica (2007), Ornella Osti Francisci Prize (2013), and the International Federation of Construction History Societies (2018). Since 2010 he has been a member of the editorial board of the Max Planck Research Library for the History and Development of Knowledge and co-director of the book series Between Mechanics and Architecture (Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, Rome). In 2012-2020 he was a member of the Construction History Society Trustees and Management Committee. Since 2012 he has been a correspondent member of the International Academy of the History of Science and referee for the Italian National Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes. Since 2014 he has been a member of the Conseil d’administration of the Association Francophone d’Histoire de la Construction (Paris) and since 2016 of the Scientific Board of the Centro Interdipartimentale Urbino e la Prospettiva (University of Urbino) and of the Werner Oechslin Library Foundation (Einsiedeln). 2018-2019 he was a Visiting Fellow at the Warburg Institute (London).

He is currently working on the history of the Codices Forster (Victoria & Albert Museum, London) and the Codex Ashburnham 361 (Biblioteca Laurenziana, Florence), and on the projects In-Camera-Out and Disiecta Membra. Tracing the History of the Albani Libraries.


In-Camera-Out: Moving Portraits


Leonardos intellektueller Kosmos in der Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, 11. Mai bis 17. Juli 2021


Leonardo's Intellectual Cosmos at the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, May 11 to July 17, 2021


Past Events


Leonardo's Intellectual Cosmos


Epistemic History of Architecture


News & Press

Exhibition "Leonardo's Intellectual Cosmos" at the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, May 11 to June 28, 2021


Max Planck Society runs feature on Leonardo da Vinci exhibition coorganized by MPIWG