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Georgia Clarke

Reader Emerita
Georgia Clarke in conversation with a colleague, in an urban setting

Georgia Clarke read Classics at Cambridge and was involved in archaeological projects in Tours, Pompeii, and Rome. She did her Ph.D. on Renaissance architecture at The Courtauld Institute of Art. She taught at The Courtauld from 1993 to 2014; she retired from the Courtauld and became Reader Emerita in Autumn 2014. She continues to pursue her own academic research but no longer teaches.

She also taught for the Open University, at Cambridge University, at UEA, and at the Architectural Association in London. She has held a number of fellowships, including a Rome Scholarship in Italian Studies at The British School at Rome, in 1987-88, a Charter Fellowship in History of Art at Wolfson College, Oxford, in 1992-93, and in 1999-2000 was Deborah Loeb Brice Fellow at Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Florence.

Her book, Roman House – Renaissance Palaces. Inventing Antiquity in Fifteenth-Century Italy (Cambridge University Press, 2003), received the Alice Davis Hitchcock Medallion from the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain in 2005, as well as Honourable Mentions by the Renaissance Society of America for the Phyllis Goodhart Gordan Prize, and by the Fondazione Salimbeni per le Arti Figurative for the 22nd ‘Salimbeni Prize for Art History and Critics’.

She was co-investigator, with Dr (now Professor) Fabrizio Nevola, of an AHRC-funded ‘Beyond Text’ Research Network (2008-11) entitled ‘Street life and street culture: between Early Modern Europe and the present’ . This project involved art historians, architectural historians and theoreticians, planners, public officials, artists and critics, film-makers, a sound artist and an actor, to create an interdisciplinary, international community drawn from the UK, Europe, and the USA. The Network considered how streets shaped and informed the daily lives of urban communities in the past, and how this historical experience relates to contemporary realities.

PhD students


  • Evangelia Papoulia, ‘Unveiling Gregorian Rome: the Urban and Ecclesiastical Patronage of Pope Gregory XIII (1572-85)’.

Recently completed

  • Elizabeth McDougall, The Management of the Urban Property Portfolio of the Societa s. Salvatore, Rome 1500-1526

Research interests

  • The architectural, urbanistic and cultural life of fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Rome
  • The urban, artistic, and political culture of fifteenth- and early sixteenth-century Bologna
  • The relationship between the Renaissance and Antiquity
  • Issues of architecture and language
  • Ways that buildings and cities functioned and were experienced in the past as physical and cultural entities

Recent publications

  • ‘The Emperor’s Hat: City, Space, and Identity in Contemporary Accounts of Charles V’s Entry into Bologna in 1529’, I Tatti Studies in the Italian Renaissance 16 (2013), 197-220
  • with Fabrizio Nevola, ‘Introduction: The Experience of the Street in Early Modern Italy’, I Tatti Studies in the Italian Renaissance 16 (2013), 47-55
  • ‘Diverse, Synoptic, and Synchronous Descriptions of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem in Fifteenth-Century Accounts’, Città e storia (special issue on ‘Tales of the city: Outsiders’ descriptions of cities in the early modern period’), 7 (2012), pp. 43-75
  • ‘History, Politics, and Art on Palace Façades in Early Sixteenth-Century Rome’, in Some Degree of Happiness. Studi di architettura in onore di Howard Burns, ed. M. Beltramini and C. Elam (Pisa, 2010), 233-58
  • Leonardo da Vinci, Penguin Active Reading Level 4 (Pearson Longman, 2010) – a biography of Leonardo written for non art-historical, English Language learners
  • ‘Architecture, Languages, and Style in Fifteenth-Century Italy’, Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 76 (2008), 169-89

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