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Sarah McPheeSamuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Art History


  • 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


Antichita, teatro, magniicenza

Antichità, teatro, magnificenza: Renaissance & Baroque images of Rome, exhibtion catalogue (Atlanta, GA: Michael C. Carlos Museum, 2013)

Virtual Rome at the Carlos Museum

Bernini's Beloved

Bernini's Beloved: A Portrait of Costanza Piccolomini (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012)

Bernini and the Bell TowersBernini and the Bell Towers: Architecture and Politics at the Vatican(New Haven:Yale University Press, 2002)
Filippo JuvarraFilippo Juvarra: Drawings from the Roman Period, 1704-1714Part II (Rome: Edizioni dell'Elefante, 1999)

Exhibition Catalogue

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

Digital Humanities Project

Envisioning Baroque Rome

Selected Articles

"The Stratigraphy of Poetic Landscape at the Esquiline Villa," in Landscape and the Visual Hermeneutics of Place, 1500-1700, eds. Karl A.E. Enenkel and Walter Melion (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2021), 367-390.

Falda’s Map as a Work of Art,” The Art Bulletin 101, no. 2 (June 2019): 7-28

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

Teatro,” in Antichità, Teatro, Magnificenza: Renaissance and Baroque Images of Rome, exhibition catalogue, ed. S. McPhee (Atlanta, GA: Michael C. Carlos Museum, 2013), 22-39.

Rome 1676: Falda’s View," in Piante di Roma. La città dal Rinascimento ai catasti, eds. Mario Bevilacqua and Marcello Fagiolo (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, February 2006, eds. George Satzinger and Sebastian Schütze (Munich: Hirmer Verlag, 2008), 341-362. 

Bernini's Books," The Burlington Magazine 142, no. 1168 (July 2000): 442-448

The Architect as Reader," Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 58, no. 3 (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 2016. (Click 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