Francesca Mattei Chercheuse invitée

Mars 2020

Francesca Mattei is associate professor in the History of Architecture at the University of Roma Tre in Rome. Her research focuses on the early modern architecture, with particular interest in Italy and, more recently, in European architecture. Particular areas of interest include the relationship among architecture, literature and religion; architectural treatises and drawings; the classic tradition, the reception of antique art and the knowledge of antique monuments in the Renaissance. Mattei’s scholarship has been funded, among others, by the Politecnico di Milano, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura A. Palladio, the Istituto di Studi Rinascimentali di Ferrara, the European Science Foundation Research Networking Programme PALATIUM.


Publications (selection)

Book and editied books

  • Architettura e committenza intorno ai Gonzaga. Modelli, strategie, intermediari, Roma, Campisano 2019   
  • Federico II Gonzaga e le arti, ed. F. Mattei, Roma, Bulzoni, 2016
  • Eterodossia e vitruvianesimo. Palazzo Naselli a Ferrara (1527-1538), Roma, Campisano 2013

Journal articles and book chapters

  • Architecture and Religion in Renaissance Palaces. Patronage, Humanism, and Reformation in Northern Italy, in Renaissance Religions: Modes and Meanings in History, eds. P. Howard, R. Saccenti, N. Terpstra, Turnhout, Brepols [2020, forthcoming]
  • Guillaume Budè et l’architecture, in Les Noces de Philologie et de Guillaume Budé, eds. C. Bénévent, R. Menini, L.A. Sanchi, Parigi 2019 (with F. Salatin) [forthcoming]
  • Ephemeral and permanent architecture during the age of Ercole I d’Este in Ferrara (1471–1505), in Architectures of Festival: Fashioning and Re-Fashioning Urban and Courtly Space in Early Modern Europe, eds. J.R. Mulryne, K. De Jonge, P. Martens and R. Morris, London, Routledge, 2018, pp. 201-234   
  • Un Vitruvio postillato alla Biblioteca Comunale Teresiana di Mantova, in “Arte Lombarda”, 173-174, 2015 (2016), pp. 52-76 (with F. Salatin)
  • Un inedito di Girolamo da Carpi: il portale di palazzo Contughi e l'introduzione dell'opera rustica a Ferrara (1543), in "Annali di Architettura", 24, 2012, (2014), pp. 55-70
  • Celio Calcagnini, Terzo Terzi e la cultura architettonica a Ferrara nel primo Cinquecento (1513-1539), in "Arte Lombarda", 3, 2012, pp. 40-61
  • L’archeologia tradita: i Propylaeen sulla Koenigsplatz di Leo von Klenze, in "la Rivista di engramma", 65, giugno-luglio 2008

Research projet

Toward an Epistemology of Vernacular Renaissance Architecture. Close and Distant Reading of Nineteenth-Century French Drawings

My project proposes a critical assessment of the nineteenth-century French drawings housed at the INHA, which I use as a tool for examining both professional architectural instruments and the legacy of vernacular Italian Renaissance architecture in nineteenth-century France. My study aims to distinguish between the individual contribution of each student at the École des Beaux-Arts and the influence of the institution’s pedagogical system. Second, my research will explore the use of the vernacular Renaissance as a model in the architectural studies in the nineteenth-century France.