Sara Galletti

Sara Galletti

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 received a joint Ph.D. in the History of Architecture from the Sorbonne (Paris) and IUAV (Venice). Her field of research is early modern architectural theory and practice, with a focus on 16th- and 17th-century Europe and the Mediterranean. She has published on secular and religious architecture, on Philibert de L'Orme, on the urban history of Paris, on the relations between space and social structures, as well as on the history of stereotomy.


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


Practice into Theory: Philibert Delorme, the Premier Tome de l’Architecture (1567), and the Profession of Architecture in Early Modern France
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 »
Paris of Waters
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 »
Le palais du Luxembourg de Marie de Médicis (1611-1631)
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. "It's a man's world." Pictura et Architectura celebris: Plautilla Bricci protagonista femminile del Barocco romano. Ed. C Lollobrigida. Rome: Gangemi Editore, 2017. 11-14. (Foreword)

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. "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)


Galletti, S. "From Stone to Paper: Philibert de L’Orme, the Premier tome de l’architecture (1567), and the Birth of Stereotomic Theory." Aedificare: International Journal of Construction History 2.2 (2018): 143-162.

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

Fellowships, Supported Research, & Other Grants

Bass Connections awarded by Duke University (2018 to 2019)

2017 Visiting Scholar awarded by Institut national d'Histoire de l'Art (INHA), Paris, France (2017)

2015-16 Fellow awarded by Paris Institute for Advanced Study, Paris, France (2016)

Trent Memorial Foundation Grant awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation Endowment Fund (2015 to 2016)

Faculty Research Grant awarded by Duke University (2015 to 2016)

Course Enhancement Grant awarded by Duke University (2010)

Course Enhancement Grant awarded by Duke University (2009)

Collaborative Research Grant awarded by Getty Foundation (2007 to 2009)

Reader’s Digest Grant awarded by The Lila Wallace Foundation (2006 to 2007)

Jean-François Malle Fellowship awarded by The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Villa Tatti, Florence, Italy (2005 to 2006)

Postdoctoral Fellowship awarded by Getty Foundation (2005 to 2006)

Fall 2018

Art in Renaissance Italy (ARTHIST 255.01)
Smith Wrhs A266, MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM

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