Professor Pinto came to Princeton from Smith College in 1988. At Princeton, he served the department in various capacities, including several terms as director of graduate studies. The Howard Crosby Butler Memorial Professor of the History of Architecture since 1996, he transferred to emeritus status in 2013.
A Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, Pinto also received fellowships from the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, Dumbarton Oaks, the Bibliotheca Hertziana (Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte), and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Pinto's research interests center on architecture, urbanism and landscape in Rome, especially in the 18th century. Other interests include the reception of classical antiquity and the image of Rome, particularly in the work of Giovanni Battista Piranesi.
Pinto is currently working on two projects: an exhibition for the Morgan Library and Museum on the image of Rome during the 19th century, and a book on architecture and urbanism in 18th-century Rome.
Ph.D., Harvard University, 1976
Steps off the Beaten Path: Nineteenth-Century Photographs of Rome and Its Environs, coedited with W. Bruce Lundberg (Charta, 2007).
Pietro Bracci and Eighteenth-Century Rome: Drawings for Architecture and Sculpture in the Canadian Centre for Architecture and Other Collections, coauthored with Elisabeth Kieven (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2001).
The Trevi Fountain (Yale University Press, 1986).