Johanna Heinrichs

Ph.D., 2013
Renaissance and Baroque


Johanna Heinrichs is currently Visiting Assistant Professor in the College of Design at the University of Kentucky. She specializes in Italian Renaissance and Baroque architecture and art, with a focus on sixteenth-century Venice. Her research interests include villa culture and domestic architecture, urbanism and landscape, and their interconnections, as well as questions of time and the life of buildings. Johanna’s dissertation, on the villa designed by Andrea Palladio for the Venetian nobleman Francesco Pisani (1553–54), was awarded the 2014 Jane Faggen, Ph.D., Dissertation Prize from Princeton’s Department of Art & Archaeology.

Current projects include a book manuscript entitled Mobile Homes, Stable Lives: The Palladian Villa Between Country and City (working title), which is a revision and expansion of her dissertation. A second research project addresses the Hospital of S. Spirito in Rome in relation to the larger enterprise of urban renewal under Pope Sixtus IV.

Her research has been supported by the Italian Art Society, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation as well as the Harold W. Dodds Honorific Fellowship and the Donald and Mary Hyde Fellowship from Princeton University. She has taught at Williams College, Northwestern University, Northern Illinois University, and Dominican University.

She holds an M.Phil. in History of Art from the University of Cambridge (2004) and a B.A. in art history from Williams College (2002).

Selected Publications

“‘Lege Palladio 52’: A New Look at the Quattro Libri Plan for Villa Pisani at Montagnana,” Annali di Architettura 26 (2014), published 2016.

“The Topography of Antiquity in Descriptions of Venetian Crete,” in Architecture, Art and Identity in Venice and its Territories, ed. Nebahat Avcıoğlu and Emma Jones (Farnham, Surrey and Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2013), 205–18.

“Urban Dignity, Villa Delights: The Ambiguity of Villa Pisani at Montagnana,” in Reflections on Renaissance Venice: A Celebration of Patricia Fortini Brown, ed. Blake de Maria and Mary Engel Frank (Milan: 5 Continents Editions, 2013), 177–85. 

Selected Presentations

“Time Management: How Palladio Built for the Future,” Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, March 2016.

“Mobile Homes: Villas, Palaces, and Itinerant Patrons in the Renaissance Veneto,” Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, New York, NY, March 2014.

“Evil Stepmothers and Orphan Buildings: The Problem of Palladio’s Unfinished Houses,” Williams College Art Department Faculty Colloquium, April 2013.