Associate Professor in the Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies
Ph.D., Universite de Paris IV-Sorbonne, Paris (France) 2004
Ph.D., Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia (Italy) 2004
M.Arch., Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia (Italy) 1999
Sara Galletti is an immigrant to the United States of America. She received a joint Ph.D. in the History of Architecture and Urbanism from the Université de Paris IV–Sorbonne and the Università IUAV of Venice. Her main field of research and teaching is early modern architectural theory and practice, with a focus on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century France. She has published on the urban history of Paris, on secular and religious architecture, and on the relations between architectural space, court ceremonial, and the accessibility of artworks. Her first monograph, Le Palais du Luxembourg de Marie de Médicis, 1611-1631, was published in 2012 by Éditions Picard, Paris.
She is currently working on three research projects: "Stereotomy: a Mediterranean History," "Paris of Waters," and "Practice into Theory: Philibert de L'Orme, the Premier tome de l’architecture (1567), and the Profession of Architecture in Early Modern France."
"Stereotomy: a Mediterranean History" is a book-lenght project that explores the history of the practice and theory of stereotomy–the art of cutting stones into particular shapes for the construction of complex vaulted structures–over a broad geographical and chronological spectrum, from Hellenistic Greece through early modern Europe and across the Mediterranean Basin.
"Paris of Waters" is a multimedia and book project that explores the impact of water on the demographic, social, architectural, and urban development of the city of Paris through time. The project is concerned with water in a wide array of forms – as resource, as commodity, as means of transportation, as funnel for the city’s waste, and as cause of disaster and death – and with making it visible as powerful agent of urban change. Paris of Waters challenges traditional urban history narratives – which tend to focus on design, monumentality, and the stylistic features of the built environment – by focusing on the role of infrastructure, underground works, and hydraulic management and engineering as defining elements of a city’s development and of its history.
"Practice into Theory" is a book-lenght project that analyses the connections between architectural theory and practice in fifteenth- to seventeenth-century France. It focuses on Philibert de L'Orme’s architectural treatise, the Premier tome de l’architecture (1567), in relation to: early modern architectural theory across Europe; French practice in the late medieval and early modern times and the modes of transmission of architectural knowledge before (or aside from) theory; and the emergence of a new professional figure of the architect as construed in the contemporary discourse across Europe and as experienced in French practice.
ExpertiseEarly modern architecture, France 1500-1700, history of the profession of architecture
Philibert Delorme at the Château d’Anet: form, structure, and the profession of architecture in sixteenth-century France. Renaissance Society of America 60th Annual Meeting, New York, NY. March 27, 2014