Sarah Lynch

Ph.D., 2017


Sarah Lynch’s research focuses on the art and architecture of Italy and Central Europe from the 14th through the 17th century. Her current work examines the intersection of the Italian and Northern Renaissances, with a particular emphasis on the changing architecture of 16th-century Germany, Hungary, and the Czech lands, incorporating themes of adaptation, assimilation, imitation, and rejection of Italian artistic and theoretical models in the 16th and 17th centuries. Sarah’s dissertation, "Ein Liebhaber aller freyen khünst": Bonifaz Wolmut and the Architecture of the European Renaissance addresses the meeting of and reaction to Italian architectural style and theory in 16th-century Prague and its ramifications across the broader region.

Sarah received her B.A. in art history and Italian from Smith College and went on to study at the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes. She has worked at the Frick Art Reference Library in New York and received a Fulbright to study the Hungarian Renaissance in Budapest. She is currently conducting research in Prague, at the Institute of Art History in the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, and is the Princeton Fellow at the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in Munich. Sarah is able to conduct research in Czech, Hungarian, Italian, German, French and Latin. 

Current Research

In addition to her dissertation, Sarah has worked on the Blue Mountain Project, a digital humanities project that catalogues and digitizes late-19th- and early-20th-century journals, magazines, and other ephemera related to the development of modernism in Europe and North America. She was the McCrindle Intern in the department of prints and drawings at the Princeton University Art Museum, where she co-curated an exhibition, “Preparing a Draft, Presenting a Design: Central European Drawings, 1550–1750.” Sarah has given papers at the Renaissance Society of America and the Society of Architectural Historians as, well as other conferences. She teaches classes on Renaissance and Baroque art.

Selected Publications

“Drawings by Karel Škréta the Elder and His Circle in North America,”  in Karel Škréta (1610–1674): Dílo a doba; Studie, dokumenty, prameny, ed. Lenka Stolárová and Kateřina Holečková (Narodní Galerie, Prague, 2013), coauthored with Elizabeth Petcu.

Review of Italy and Hungary: Humanism and Art in the Early Renaissance, ed. Péter Farbacky and Louis A. Waldman (Villa i Tatti, 2011), in The Catholic Historical Review 98.4 (October 2012).

Review of  Karel Škréta, 1610–1674: His Work and His Era, ed. Lenka Stolárová and Vít Vlnas (National Gallery, Prague, 2010), in Umění/Art 54.5 (2011), coauthored with Elizabeth Petcu.