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Current Research Interests

His principal interest is the Western classical tradition – particularly works of art and architecture that derive their inspiration from classical literature.

His research explores the influence of ancient texts (such as Greek reports of extraordinary architecture in the Near East and Latin poetry about the wonders of Rome) on Italian Renaissance artists and architects, and seeks to answer two central questions: how did the Renaissance translate art and architecture known only from classical descriptions into the images, texts, buildings and thought of the period? And how did these interpretations fit into the broader creative dialogue between the Renaissance and antiquity? He is currently working on two related books.

With the support of the Leverhulme Trust, he recently convened a four-day international conference – ‘Monuments Made of Words: Text and Architecture, from Antiquity to Modernity’ – at the University of Durham, the acts of which will be published.