Johanna Heinrichs

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Johanna Heinrichs

Renaissance and Baroque


Ph.D., 2013

Johanna Heinrichs specializes in Italian Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture, with a focus on 16th-century Venice and the Veneto. Her dissertation, entitled “Between City and Country: Architecture, Site, and Patronage at Palladio’s Villa Pisani at Montagnana,” was awarded the 2014 Jane Faggen, Ph.D., Dissertation Prize from Princeton’s Department of Art and Archaeology. She is currently revising it as a book manuscript. The book argues that Villa Pisani and other Palladian villas, which are often taken as paradigmatic examples of the Renaissance villa, in fact challenge the prevailing conception of the villa as subsidiary to the city palace and urban life.

She is also at work on a project about how Palladio’s concerns about time and the duration of construction might help to untangle the knotty relationship between his theory and practice—that is, between his executed buildings and their published form in his treatise, I Quattro Libri dell’Architettura (1570).

Johanna’s research has been supported by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation and the Italian Art Society, as well as the Harold W. Dodds Honorific Fellowship and the Donald and Mary Hyde Fellowship from Princeton University. From 2012 to 2014, she was visiting lecturer in art history at Williams College. She has also taught at Northwestern University, Dominican University, and Northern Illinois University. She earned an M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge (2004), with a thesis on urban renewal and the patronage of Pope Sixtus IV in late-15th-century Rome.

Selected Publications

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

Review of Andrew Hopkins, Baldassare Longhena and Venetian Baroque Architecture (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2012), for, April 4, 2014.

 “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 (Ashgate, 2013).