Kathleen Christian

Prof. Dr. Kathleen ChristianProf. Dr. Kathleen Christian

Professorin für Kunstgeschichte der Frühen Neuzeit

Director of the Census of Antique Works of Art and Architecture Known in the Renaissance

Raum: 2.13
Tel: 030.2093-66249
Fax: 030.2093-66251


Raum: 2.12
Tel: 030.2093-66250
Fax: 030.2093-66251

SPRECHSTUNDEN in der Vorlesungszeit im Sommersemester 2024

Immer donnerstags von 12 – 14 Uhr
entweder in Präsenz oder per Zoom.

Wenden Sie sich für die Sprechstundenkoordination bitte an Kathrin Heidenreich.


Schwerpunkte in Forschung und Lehre

  • The Renaissance reception of antiquity
  • Antiquities collecting and patronage in Renaissance Rome
  • Global art history of the early modern era


seit 2020
Professorin für Kunstgeschichte der Frühen Neuzeit

Senior Lecturer in Art History, The Open University

American Academy in Rome, Donald and Maria Cox Post-Doctoral Rome Prize

Lecturer in Art History, The Open University

Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers, University of Munich

Visiting Instructor, Institute of Art History, University of Zurich

Maternity leave

Assistant Professor, History of Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh, offer of tenure 2011

Robert Lehman Fellowship, Villa I Tatti, Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence

Getty Research Institute Non-Residential Postdoctoral Fellowship

Dumbarton Oaks Garden and Landscape Program Postdoctoral Fellowship, Washington D.C.

Curatorial Research Fellow, Department of Italian Paintings, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

PhD, Harvard University


Monografien und Sammelbände

Local Antiquities, Local Identities: Art, Literature and Antiquarianism in Europe between the 15th and 17th Centuries, edited with B. de Divitiis, Manchester University Press, 2018

European Art and the Wider World, 1350-1550, edited with L. Clark, Manchester University Press, 2017

The Muses and their Afterlife in Post-Classical Europe edited with C. Guest and C. Wedepohl, Warburg Institute Colloquia Series,

Patronage and Italian Renaissance Sculpture, edited with D. Drogin, Ashgate, 2010

Empire without End: Antiquities Collections in Renaissance Rome, c. 1350-1527, Yale University Press, 2010


Christian, Kathleen W., ‘An ideal vision of Renaissance Rome: Claude de Bellièvre’s Noctes romanae (c. 1514–18)’, in La forme idéale à la Renaissance / Forma ideale durante il Rinascimento, ed. by Ulrich Pfisterer and Sabine Frommel (Rome: Campisano, 2023), pp. 113-123.

Christian, Kathleen W. ‘Translatio and Restauratio. Text and Image in Renaissance Rome’, in Restoration as a Fabrication of Origins. A Material and Political History of Italian Renaissance Art, ed. by Henri de Riedmatten, Fabio Gaffo and Mathilde Jaccard (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2023), pp. 17-36.

Christian, Kathleen W., ‘Antiquarian Drawings: Pattern Books, Sketchbooks, and Paper Museums’, in Recycling Beauty (exh. cat. Milan, Fondazione Prada), ed. by Salvatore Settis, with Anna Anguissola (Milan: Fondazione Prada, 2022), pp. 286-93.

Christian, Kathleen W., ‘Le collezioni Farnese nel Cinquecento e la geopolitica dell’impero’, in La scuola del mondo. Storie globali dalla collezione Farnese, ed. by Simone Verde (Milan and Parma: Electa and Complesso Monumnetale della Pilotta, 2022), pp. 94-103.

Christian, Kathleen W., ‘Le collezioni di scultura antica nella Roma rinascimentale’, in I marmi Torlonia. Collezionare capolavori (exh. cat. Rome, Musei Capitolini), ed. by Salvatore Settis and Carlo Gasparri (Milan: Electa, 2020), pp. 52-7.

‘Roma caput mundi: Rome’s Local Antiquities as Symbol and Source’ in K. W. Christian and B. de Divitiis (eds.) Local Antiquities, Local Identities: Art, Literature and Antiquarianism in Europe between the 15th and 17th Centuries, Manchester University Press, 2018, pp. 57-78.

‘Renaissance Altarpieces: The Far in the Near’ in K. W. Christian and L. Clark (eds.) European Art and the Wider World, 1350-1550, Manchester University Press, 2017, pp. 23-61.

‘Architecture and Antique Sculpture in Early Modern Rome’ in H. R. Mallgrave and A. Payne (eds.) Companions to the History of Architecture, Volume I, Renaissance and Baroque Architecture, John Wiley & Sons, 2017, pp. 73-103

The Apollo Belvedere’, and ‘The Three Graces’ (catalogue entries) and ‘Raphael’s Vitruvius and Raimondi’s Caryatid Façade’, in E. Wouk (ed.) Marcantonio Raimondi, Raphael and the Image Multiplied, exhibition catalogue, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester University Press, 2016, pp. 66-83, published simultaneously in Bulletin of the John Rylands Library 92.2, 2016, pp. 91-127.

‘Between Reality and Representation: Portraits, Objects and Collectors’, in S. Settis and A. Anguissola (eds.) Serial/Portable Classic: The Greek Canon and its Mutations, exhibition catalogue, Fondazione Prada Museum, Progetto Prada Arte, 2015, pp. 153-59.

‘The Multiplicity of the Muses: The Reception of Antique Images of the Muses in Italy, 1400-1600’ in K. Christian, C. Guest and C. Wedepohl (eds.) The Muses and their Afterlife in post-Classical Europe, Warburg Institute and Nino Aragno, 2014, pp. 103-53.

‘Antiquities’ in M. Wyatt (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to the Italian Renaissance, Cambridge University Press, 2014, pp. 40-58.

‘Mummies, Scimitars, and a Lost Crucifixion by Domenichino: Documents for the Collections of Pietro and Nicolò Francesco Della Valle in Seventeenth-Century Rome’ in L. Waldman and M. Israëls (eds.) Renaissance Studies in Honor of Joseph Connors, Villa I Tatti Series 29, Harvard University Press, 2013, vol. 1: pp. 591-6 and 948-50.

‘For the Delight of Friends, Citizens, and Strangers: Maarten van Heemskerck’s Drawings of Antiquities Collections in Rome’ in T. Bartsch and P. Seiler (eds.) Rom zeichnen. Maarten van Heemskerck 1532-1536/37, Gebr. Mann, 2012, pp. 129-56.

‘The Twelve Caesars’ in A. Grafton, G. W. Most and S. Settis (eds.) The Classical Tradition, Harvard University Press, 2010, pp. 155-6.

‘Introduction: The Virtues of the Medium: the Patronage of Sculpture in Renaissance Italy’ co-authored with D. Drogin, in K. W. Christian and D. Drogin (eds.) Patronage and Italian Renaissance Sculpture, Ashgate, 2012, pp. 1-21.

‘Landscapes of Ruin and the Imagination in the Antiquarian Gardens of Renaissance Rome’ in M. Conan (ed.) Gardens and Imagination: Cultural History and Agency, Dumbarton Oaks, 2008, pp. 116-37

‘Poetry and “Spirited” Ancient Sculpture in Renaissance Rome: Pomponio Leto’s Academy to the Sixteenth-Century Sculpture Garden’ in B. Kenda (ed.) Aeolian Winds and the Spirit of Renaissance Architecture, Routledge/Taylor and Francis, 2006, pp. 103-24.

‘Michelangelo’s Bacchus and ‘Forged’ Ancient Sculpture in Renaissance Collections’, in C. Mattusch, A. Donohue, and A. Brauer (eds.), Common Ground: Archaeology, Art, Science, and Humanities: Proceedings of the XVI International Congress of Classical Archaeology, Oxbow Books, 2006, 252-55.

‘Raphael’s Philemon and the Collecting of Antiquities in Rome’, Burlington Magazine, vol. 146, 2004, pp. 760-63.

‘The Della Valle Statue Court Rediscovered’, Burlington Magazine, vol. 145, 2003, pp. 847-50.

‘The De’ Rossi Collection of Ancient Sculpture, Leo X, and Raphael’, Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, vol. 65, 2002, pp. 132-200.

‘From Ancestral Cults to Art: The Santacroce Collection of Antiquities’ in W. Cupperi (ed.), Senso delle rovine e riuso dell’Antico, Annali della Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa. Serie IV, Quaderni 14, Classe di Lettere e Filosofia, 2002, pp. 255-72.

‘Petrarch’s Triumph of Chastity in Leonardo’s Lady with an Ermine’, in L. Jones and L. Matthew (eds.), Coming About… A Festschrift for John Shearman, Harvard University Art Museums, 2001, pp. 33-40.


Settis, ‘Scolpire il tempo’, in C. Basualdo (ed.), Giuseppe Penone, The Inner Life of Forms, Rizzoli, 2018

S. Settis, ‘Disegno, memoria, città: la Roma di William Kentridge’, in G. Guericio and S. Settis, William Kentridge: Triumphs and Laments, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther Konig, 2017


Housing the New Romans. Architectural Reception and Classical Style in the Modern World, ed. K. T. Von Stackelberg and E. Macaulay-Lewis, Times Literary Supplement, 8. August 2018

La storia del palazzo di Venezia dalle collezioni Barbo e Grimani a sede dell’ambasciata veneta e austriaca, ed. M. G Barberini, M. De Angelis D’Ossat and A. Schiavon, The Burlington Magazine, vol. 155, 2013, p. 32

P. Bober and R. Rubinstein, Renaissance Artists & Antique Sculpture. A Handbook of Sources, 2nd Edition, Renaissance Quarterly, vol. 64, 2011, pp. 1214-15

The Possessions of a Cardinal. Politics, Piety, and Art, 1450–1700, ed. M. Hollingsworth and C M. Richardson, Church History, vol. 80, 2011, pp. 911-13

B. Curran, The Egyptian Renaissance: The Afterlife of Ancient Egypt in Early Modern Italy, Renaissance Quarterly, vol. 61, 2008, pp. 527-29

L. Tucci, Laurentius Manlius. La riscoperta dell’antica Roma. La nuova Roma di Sisto IV, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, vol. 61, 2002, pp. 578-79