Sarah McPhee

Sarah McPhee

Department Chair

Samuel Candler Dobbs
Professor of Art History

Office: M35 Carlos Hall
Phone: 404-727-0069

Mailing Address:

Art History Department
Emory University
581 South Kilgo Circle NE
Atlanta, GA 30322

Curriculum Vitae



  • Ph.D., Columbia University, 1997
  • A.B., Harvard College, 1982

Research Interests

  • Seventeenth and eighteenth century European architecture, urbanism and drawings
  • Baroque sculpture
  • History of the Book
  • Artistic Biography
  • Cartography
  • Print Culture

Selected Publications


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Bernini's Beloved: A Portrait of Costanza Piccolomini, Yale University Press, 2012.

Bernini and the Bell Towers: Architecture and Politics at the Vatican, Yale University Press, 2002.

Filippo Juvarra: Drawings from the Roman Period, 1704-1714Part II. Edizioni dell'Elefante, Rome, 1999.

Exhibition Catalogue

Antichità, teatro, magnificenza: Renaissance & Baroque images of Rome. Atlanta, Georgia: Michael C. Carlos Museum, 2013.

Digital Humanities Project

Envisioning Baroque Rome

Selected Articles

“Falda’s Map as a Work of Art,” article forthcoming in The Art Bulletin, 2019.

“The House of Costanza Scultora.” Getty Research Institute volume: The Display of Art in Roman Palaces 1550-1750, Los Angeles, 2014, 107-111.

“Teatro,” in Antichità, Teatro, Magnificenza: Renaissance and Baroque Images of Rome, exhibition catalogue, edited S. McPhee, Atlanta, Georgia: Michael C. Carlos Museum, 2013, 22-39.

“Rome 1676: Falda’s View," in Piante di Roma. La città dal Rinascimento ai catasti, Rome: Artemide, 2012, 232-243.

“The Long Arm of the Fabbrica: St. Peter’s and the City of Rome,” in Sankt Peter in Rom 1506-2006. Beiträge der internationalen Tagung Bonn 22.-25. Februar 2006. Munich: Hirmer Verlag, 2008, 341-362. 

“Bernini's Books," The Burlington Magazine, July 2000, 442-448. Rome: Artemide, 2012, 232-243.

“The Architect as Reader," Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, September 1999, 454-461.

Interviews and Podcasts

Interview: Krys Boyd of KERA public radio program "Think" interviews Sarah McPhee about Bernini's Beloved: A Portrait of Costanza Piccolomini, April 2013. Click here to listen to the interview

Podcast: Bernini's Beloved, National Gallery of Art podcast, March 10, 2013. Click here to listen to the podcast

Podcast: James Cuno of the Getty interviews Sarah McPhee at the Jaipur Literary Festival, January 2016Click here to listen to the podcast

Current Projects


The Eye of the Etcher: A Brief Life of Giovanni Battista Falda

A Topographical Life of Gian Lorenzo Bernini

Selected Seminars

Borromini and Bernini; The Italian Garden; The City of Rome; Artistic Biography in the Renaissance and the Baroque; Architectural Competition; Rome in Print; Envisioning Baroque Rome