Sara Galletti

Associate Professor in the Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies

Education

  • 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

Overview

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.

Expertise

Early modern architecture, France 1500-1700, history of the profession of architecture

Projects

The project analyses the connections between architectural theory and practice in fifteenth- to seventeenth-century France. The project focuses on Philibert Delorme’s... read more »
The project focuses on the impact of water on the demographic, social, architectural, and urban development of the city of Paris through time. The project is concerned with... read more »
L’histoire du palais du Luxembourg, premier palais royal construit à Paris sur un projet cohérent, n’avait pas fait l’objet d’une monographie complète depuis 1910. Des... read more »

Galletti, S. "Architecture and Ceremonial at the Courts of Henri IV and Maria de' Medici, 1600-1631 (Accepted)." Court Residences as Places of Exchange in Late Mediaeval and Early Modern Europe, 1400-1700. Ed. K De Jonge and S Hoppe. Turnhout (Belgium): Brepols, 2018. (Essay)

Galletti, S. "Rubens et la Vie de Marie de Médicis, 1622-1625." Rubens: portraits princiers. Exhibition catalogue. Musée du Luxembourg, Paris, 4 Oct. 2017 - 14 Jan. 2018. Ed. D Jacquot. 2017. 16-35. (Essay)

Galletti, S. "It's a man's world." Pictura et Architectura celebris: Plautilla Bricci protagonista femminile del Barocco romano. Rome: Campisano Editore, 2017. (Foreword)

Galletti, S. "The Royal Gallery at the Time of Henri IV: Architecture and Ceremonial." Henri IV: Art et Pouvoir. Ed. C Nativel. Tours: Presses Universitaires François Rabelais, 2016. 327-340. (Essay)

Galletti, S. "Il Palazzo del Lussemburgo di Maria de’ Medici, Parigi, 1611–1631." Matronazgo y arquitectura : de la Antigüedad a la Edad Moderna. Ed. C Martínez López and F Serrano Estrella. Granada: Editorial Universidad de Granada, 2016. 379-421. (Essay)

Galletti, S. "Pitti a Parigi? Metamorfosi di un modello architettonico al seguito di Maria de’ Medici." La réception de modèles cinquecenteschi dans la théorie et les arts français du XVIIe siècle. Ed. S Frommel and F Bardati. Geneva: Droz, 2010. 177-198. (Essay)

Galletti, S. "Architecture and Ceremonial in Early Modern France: the Court of Maria de’ Medici." Moving Elites: Women and Cultural Transfers in the European Court System. Ed. G Calvi and I Chabot. Florence: European University Institute, 2010. 77-111. (Essay)

Galletti, S. "Projet et chantier à la Renaissance: l’église Saint-Nicolas de Troyes, 1524-1608." Some degree of happiness. Studi di storia dell’architettura in onore di Howard Burns. Ed. M Beltramini and C Elam. Pisa: Edizioni della Normale, 2010. 173-191. (Essay) Open Access Copy

Galletti, S. "L'appartement de Marie de Médicis au palais du Luxembourg." Marie de Médicis: un gouvernement par les arts. Ed. P. Bassani Pacht, T. Crépin-Leblond, N. Sainte Fare Garnot, and F. Solinas. Paris: Somogy, 2004. 124-133. (Essay) Open Access Copy

Galletti, S. "Faulchot, family." Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon. München: Saur, 2003. 222-224. (Essay)

Pages

Galletti, S. "Stereotomy and the Mediterranean: Notes Toward an Architectural History." Mediterranea. International Journal on the Transfer of Knowledge 2 (2017): 73-120. Full Text Open Access Copy

Galletti, S. "Female Agency and Early Modern Urbanism: the Paris of Maria de' Medici." Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 71.2 (June 2012): 186-203. Full Text Open Access Copy

Galletti, S. "Rubens et la galerie de Henri IV au palais du Luxembourg (1628-1630)." Bulletin Monumental 166.1 (March 2008): 43-51. Open Access Copy

Galletti, S. "Review of Sabine Frommel and Juliette Dumas, eds., Bâtir au féminin? Traditions et stratégies en Europe et dans l’Empire ottoman (Paris: Éditions Picard, 2013)." Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio: Annali di Architettura 27 (2015): 188-189. (Review)

Galletti, S. "Review of William Caferro, Contesting the Renaissance (Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011)." Journal of Modern History 84.3 (September 2012): 702-704. (Review) Full Text

Spring 2018

Building Duke (ARTHIST 504SL.001)
Smith Wrhs A233, Tu 03:05 PM-05:35 PM
Building Duke (ARTHIST 504SL.01L)
Smith Wrhs A233, Th 03:05 PM-05:35 PM
Honors Thesis Workshop (ARTHIST 495S.01)
Smith Wrhs A285, Th 06:15 PM-08:45 PM
Honors Thesis Workshop (ARTSVIS 495S.01)
Smith Wrhs A285, Th 06:15 PM-08:45 PM
Honors Thesis Workshop (VMS 495S.01)
Smith Wrhs A285, Th 06:15 PM-08:45 PM

Fall 2017

Art in Renaissance Italy (ARTHIST 255FS.01)
Smith Wrhs A285, TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM

Spring 2017

Art in Renaissance Italy (ARTHIST 255.01)
Smith Wrhs A290, Tu 03:05 PM-05:35 PM

Spring 2015

Renaissance Architecture (ARTHIST 254.01)
Smith Wrhs A266, MW 11:45 AM-01:00 PM
Special Topics (ARTHIST 590S.01)
Smith Wrhs A266, W 03:05 PM-05:30 PM

Fall 2014

Michelangelo in Context (ARTHIST 259.01)
Smith A266, WF 10:05 AM-11:20 AM

Spring 2014

Wired! New Represent Tech (VMS 551LS.01)
Smith A233, Th 11:45 AM-01:00 PM
Wired! New Represent Tech (VMS 551LS.01L)
Smith A233, Th 01:25 PM-03:55 PM
Wired! New Represent Tech (ARTHIST 551LS.01)
Smith A233, Th 11:45 AM-01:00 PM
Wired! New Represent Tech (ARTHIST 551LS.01L)
Smith A233, Th 01:25 PM-03:55 PM