Elizabeth Merrill

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (Oct 2018-Dec 2019)


Elizabeth Merrill is a specialist of Italian Renaissance art and architecture. She received her BA from Columbia University (2007), and her MA and PhD from the University of Virginia (2010 and 2015). Since 2016, she has been a postdoctoral fellow in Department I at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. Her research focuses on early modern architectural practices and the development of the architectural profession. At present, she is working on a monograph that examines these themes in relation to the career of the fifteenth-century Sienese architect Francesco di Giorgio.  At the MPIWG, Elizabeth also leads a working group, which collectively considers the concept of place as it relates to early modern architectural production and building knowledge. The edited volume of the group’s research, entitled Genius Loci: Early Modern Architectural Practices and the Construction of Place, is currently being prepared for publication. In addition to her research, Elizabeth is an editor with Architectural Histories, the international scholarly journal of the European Architectural Histories Network. 


Fieldworks of Early Modern Architectural Knowledge


The Spaces of Early Modern Architectural Production


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Selected Publications

Merrill, E. (2017). The 'professione di architetto' in Renaissance Italy. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, 76(1), 13-35. doi:10.1525/jsah.2017.76.1.13.

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Merrill, E. (2015). Architect. In M. Sgarbi (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Renaissance Philosophy (pp. 1-5). Cham: Springer Reference. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-02848-4_50-1.

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Merrill, E. (2016). Review of: Lanzarini, Orietta and Roberta Martinis: 'Questo libro fu di Andrea Palladio': il codice Destailleur B dell'Ermitage. Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider 2015. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, 75(2), 234…

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Merrill, E. (2016). The migration of early-modern architectural prints. Print Quarterly, 33, 297-300.

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The Intrinsic Place. Space as a Measurable Entity in Early Modern Art and Science


The Spaces of Early Modern Architectural Production


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Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities

Copying as Creation: Sienese Model Books and the Development of Architectural Knowledge

Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA

The Technical Formation of Sienese Architects and the Spedale di Santa Maria della Scala

Educating the Architect in the Renaissance Workshop, Villa I Tatti, Florence

Routes of Antiquarian Knowledge in Fifteenth-Century Italy

College Art Association, Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA

Without Attributions: Finding New Meaning in Italian Renaissance Fortification Architecture

Annual Symposium of The Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, London, June 2017

Combining the intrinsic and the extrinsic: Francesco di Giorgio's model drawings

The Creation of Space and the Connection Between Models and Drawings as Design Tools, The Dutch Institute, Florence

The Trans-Regional Building Culture of Renaissance Siena

Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference, Boston, MA

Professione as a Term of Architectural Praise

College Art Association, Annual Conference, Washington, DC

Fortification by "Remote Control" in late-Quattrocento Naples

Travel and Conflict, Institute for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Bangor University, Wales

An Autonomous Early-Modern Architect?

Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference, Berlin, Germany

The Architect’s Training in Nature

Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference, New York, NY

Technical Drawing in Francesco di Giorgio’s Trattato di Architettura

Designing Architecture in Sixteenth-Century Europe, KNAW Colloquium, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Francesco di Giorgio and the Emergence of the Renaissance Architect

Society of Architectural Historians, 66th Annual Conference, Buffalo, NY

"Before Professionalism: The Architectural Training of Francesco di Giorgio”

Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference (CA); Panel: Between Apprentice and Master II

News & Press

Summer 2018 Lecture Series in the “History of Knowledge” Announced