BA/MA (Cambridge), Ph.D. (Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London)

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Georgia Clarke discussing architecture
Discussing architecture on the street, Siena July 2009

Temporary and permanent architecture and performance in Certaldo, July 2009.
Temporary and permanent architecture and performance in Certaldo, July 2009.

A ‘Streetlife’ discussion of the performance and processional qualities of Siena’s Piazza del Campo, July 2009.
A ‘Streetlife’ discussion of the performance and processional qualities of Siena’s Piazza del Campo, July 2009.

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 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.

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

Titles of PhD theses Supervised

  • Urbanism in Siena (c.1452-1512). Policy and Patrons: Interactions between Public and Private (1998)
  • The Religious Artistic and Architectural Patronage of Cardinal Pietro Aldobrandini (1571-1621) (2005)
  • Mapping Farnese Rome: the Urban Planning Process and Projects under Pope Paul III, 1534-49 (2005)
  • The Management of the Urban Property Portfolio of the Società San Salvatore, Rome, 1500-1526 (2013)

PhD theses currently in progress

  • The Urban Placement of Pope Gregory XIII’s Missionary Colleges in Rome - the Promulgation of Catholic Faith through Education



‘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’, JWCI 76 (2008), 169-89

‘Giovanni II Bentivoglio and the Uses of Chivalry. Towards the Creation of a “Republican Court” in Fifteenth-Century Bologna’, in Artistic Exchange and Cultural Translation in the Italian Renaissance City, ed. S. Campbell and S. Milner (Cambridge University Press, 2004), 162-86

‘Vitruvian Paradigms’, Papers of the British School at Rome 70 (2002), 317–44

‘Filarete and his Treatise on Architecture’, in The Renaissance in Europe: Courts, Patrons and Poets, ed. D. Mateer (New Haven and London, 2000), 98–116

Georgia Clarke and Paul Crossley eds, Architecture and Language: Constructing Identity in European Architecture, c.1000–c.1650 (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge and New York, 2000)

‘Magnificence and the City: Giovanni II Bentivoglio and Architecture in Fifteenth-Century Bologna’, Renaissance Studies 13 (1999), 397–411

‘Fra Giocondo’, in The Encyclopedia of the Renaissance, ed. P. Grendler (New York, 1999), vol. 3, 57–59

‘“La più bella e meglio lavorata opera”: Beauty and Good Design in Italian Renaissance Architecture’, in Concepts of Beauty in Renaissance Art, ed. F. Ames Lewis and M. Rogers, (Aldershot and Brookfield, Vermont, 1998), 89–100

‘Ambrogio Traversari: Artistic Adviser in Early Fifteenth-Century Florence?’, Renaissance Studies 11 (1997), 161–78

‘Gazeteer’ with R. Ling in R. Ling ed., The Insula of the Menander at Pompeii. Vol. 1: The Structures (Oxford, 1997), 257–324

‘The Palazzo Orsini in Nola. A Renaissance Relationship with Antiquity’, Apollo (July 1996), 44–50

‘Paul III and the Façade of the Casa Crivelli in Rome’, Renaissance Studies 3 (1989), 252–66


Renaissance; Architecture; Cultural History; Rome; Bologna; Architecture and Language; Palaces; Renaissance Architecture