Marvin Trachtenberg

Edith Kitzmiller Professor of the History of Fine Arts

PhD, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, 1967

Research Interests

Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance architecture and urbanism
Problems of temporality in architecture and historiography
Problematics of architectural authorship
The origins of perspective

Sample Courses

Architect, Patron and Society in the Early Renaissance
Architectural Problems of Renaissance Classicism
Architectonic Culture of Late Medieval Italy
Public Space in Early Modern Italy
Gothic Architecture: Theory and methods of interpretation
on-site summer course in Florence, architecture and urbanism 11-15th centuries

Selected Publications

"Why the Pazzi Chapel is not by Brunelleschi." Casabella, (June 1996): 58-77 (bilingual).

Dominion of the Eye: Urbanism, Art and Power in Early Modern Florence. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997.

"Architecture and Music Reunited: A New Reading of Dufay's Nuper Rosarum Flores and the Cathedral of Florence," Renaissance Quarterly (2001): 740-75.

"Desedimenting Time: Gothic Column/paradigm Shifter," RES 40 (2001): 5-27.

Trachtenberg, Marvin and Isabelle Hyman.Architecture from Prehistory to Postmodernity, 2nd edition.New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2002.

Selected Honors:
Fellowships and Grants

National Endowment for the Humanities.
Guggenheim Foundation.
Villa I Tatti.
Graham Foundation.


Alice Davis Hitchcock Prize of the Society of Architectural Historians, 1974, 1999.
Charles Rufus Morey Prize of the College Art Association, 1999.
Guest editor of special issue of RES (40) "Desedimenting Time," 2001.

Recent Highlights

Peter Lieberman (Harvard University, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures) interviews Marvin Trachtenberg (New York University) about his book "Building-in-Time: From Giotto to Alberti and Modern Oblivion" (Yale University Press)