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Alina Payne

Paul  E. Geier Director 

Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies

Alexander P. Misheff Professor of History of Art and Architecture
Harvard University

Address (Cambridge): 
Department of History of Art & Architecture
Harvard University
485 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02138

Address (Florence):
Villa I Tatti
The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies
Via di Vincigliata 26, 50135 Florence, Italy

Phone: +1 617.495.3911
Fax: +1 617.496.8389
Email: aapayne [at]
Phone: +39 603 251
Fax: +39 055 603 383
Email: aapayne [at]


Alina Payne is Alexander P. Misheff Professor of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University and Paul E. Geier Director of Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies. She was trained as an architect (BArch, McGill University) and received MA and PhD degrees in art/architecture history (University of Toronto). She is the author ofThe Architectural Treatise in the Italian Renaissance (Cambridge University Press, 1999; Hitchcock Prize, 2000), Rudolf Wittkower (Bollati Boringhieri editore, 2011), From Ornament to Object. Genealogies of Architectural Modernism (Yale University Press, 2012), The Telescope and the Compass. Teofilo Gallaccini and the Dialogue between Architecture and Science in the Age of Galileo (Leo Olschki, 2012); editor of Displacements. Architecture and the Other Side of the Known (AI, 2000), Teofilo Gallaccini. Writings and Library(Olschki, 2012) and Dalmatia and the Mediterranean. Portable Archaeology and the Poetics of Influence (Brill, 2014) and co-editor of Antiquity and Its Interpreters (CUP, 2000). She is currently researching her next book on Renaissance architecture and the intersection between the arts on the terrain of materiality which will be the subject of her lectures as Chaire du Louvre in Paris (fall 2016). Most recent edited volumes are Vision and Its Instruments (Penn State Press, winter 2014/2015), The Renaissance in the 19th century (forthcoming; with L. Bolzoni; I Tatti and Harvard University Press) and Ornament. Between Local and Global (forthcoming; with G. Necipoglu, Princeton University Press). She has published numerous articles on Renaissance and modern architecture, on historiography and artistic theory. She was awarded the Max Planck and Alexander von Humboldt Prize in the Humanities (2006). 

Alina Payne teaches courses on Early Modern and Modern European architecture. She has taught at Oberlin College and University of Toronto and she has held visiting appointments at the GSD, Harvard University, Villa I Tatti (Florence), Kunsthistorisches/ Max Planck Institut (Florence), École Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Paris), Hertziana/ Max Planck Institute (Rome), University of Palermo and University of Rome, II. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Society of Architectural Historians and as Book Review Editor of theJournal of the Society of Architectural Historians. Currently she is a member of the editorial boards of several international journals (Res. Journal of Aesthetics and Anthropology; I Tatti Studies; Journal of Art Historiography; Lexicon. Storie e architettura in Sicilia e nel Mediterraneo, and Architectural Histories), and of the series Renovatio Atrium (Harvey Miller/Brepols) and serves on several international juries.

Featured News

Alina Payne inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

jjOn October 7, 2017, Director of I Tatti Alina Payne was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Founded in 1780, The purpose of the American Academy, according to its charter of incorporation, is "to promote and encourage the knowledge of the antiquities and the natural history of America; to determine the uses to which the various natural productions of the country may be applied; to promote and encourage medical discoveries, mathematical disquisitions, philosophical enquiries and experiments, astronomical, meteorological and geographical observations, and improvements in agriculture, arts, manufactures and commerce; and, in fine, to cultivate every art and science which may tend to advance the interest, honor, dignity, and happiness of a free, independent, and virtuous people."

Alina Payne was one of thirteen Harvard faculty to be elected to the Academy this year.


Lecture Series: La Chaire du Louvre. 19 September - 6 October 2016

Between 19 September and 6 October 2016, Alina Payne will give a series of lectures concerning architecture and the exchanges between the arts in her capacity as Chaire du Louve 2016.  

Lectures will be held at 19.00 in the Auditorium of the Louvre on September 19, 22, and 29; and October 3 and 6. 

Click here to view the lecture program

Click here to view a video presentation

Click here for article: Grande Galerie - Le Journal du Louvre n°37

International Seminar: Connecting Art Histories


From Riverbed to Seashore. Art on the Move in Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean in the Early Modern Period.

A Getty Foundation Connecting Art Histories Project led by Alina Payne


Alina Payne leads a project based on a series of seminars on artistic ties that developed in the early Modern period along the complex network of waterways that connect Eastern Europe to the Mediterranean Dalmatian Coast and the Black Sea. The seminars will focus on the ways in which architecture, ornament, art, literary texts and crafted small objects, fragments and materials, ideas and scientific instruments circulated across caravanserais and hans, along river and transhumance routes, carried by merchants and armies, ambassadors and concubines, slaves and craftsmen.