Job title: Lecturer, Architectural History

Email: elizabeth.petcu@ed.ac.uk

Research outputs: Dr Elizabeth Petcu on Edinburgh Research Explorer

Elizabeth J. Petcu is a historian of early modern architectural culture in Northern Europe and Latin America. Her research, teaching, and curatorial pursuits probe the intersections between architecture and other media as well as forms of architectural transculturation in colonial contexts. After obtaining her Ph.D. from the Department of Art & Archaeology at Princeton University in 2015, she served for two years as a Wissenschaftliche Assistentin at the Institut für Kunstgeschichte of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. Prior to this, she held Samuel H. Kress and Fulbright Fellowships at the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in Munich, as well as curatorial research positions at Mount Holyoke College Art Museum and Princeton University Art Museum.

On research leave for 2017-18.

Elizabeth is currently completing her first book, The Edifice Undone: Architecture and the Figural Arts in Wendel Dietterlin’s Renaissance, which examines how the Architectura treatise of Wendel Dietterlin the Elder (c. 1550-1599) and its influential models for architectural ornament in all media shaped the rise of the professional architect as a designer of spaces, images, and objects. Her publications, in print and forthcoming, also include articles on anthropomorphism in Renaissance architecture, the reception of Giorgio Vasari’s Vite in sixteenth-century Strasbourg, and numerous essays on the historiography of art and architecture. In 2013, she co-organized an exhibition and catalogue examining printed images of the Renaissance between the sixteenth and twentieth centuries, Was war Renaissance? Bilder einer Erzählform von Vasari bis Panofsky, and is now planning an exhibition and catalogue raisonnè of Dietterlin’s drawings. In 2016, she founded the international research collaboration “Baroque Architecture Between Bavaria and Brazil,” in partnership with the Universidade de São Paulo to examine the creative reception of Northern and Central European architectural culture in Colonial Brazil. She is also a member of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft project Synagonismus der Künste, which scrutinizes the productive nature of competition between the arts in the early modern age. Elizabeth will spend the 2017-2018 academic year at Harvard University’s Villa I Tatti in Florence as the Robert Lehman Fellow, where she will develop her second book project, Nature and Imitation in Early Modern Architecture.

Publications

Books (in print and forthcoming)

The Edifice Undone: Architecture and the Figural Arts in Wendel Dietterlin’s Renaissance. Projected publication in 2019.

Was war Renaissance? Bilder einer Erzählform von Vasari bis Panofsky. Edited with Hans Christian Hönes, Léa Kuhn, and Susanne Thürigen. Published in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name, held at the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich, April-June 2013 (Passau: Dietmar Klinger Verlag, 2013). [Reviewed in the Journal of Art Historiography].

Scholarly Articles and Chapters

“Wendel Dietterlin and the Dissection of Architecture”, forthcoming in 2018.

“Strasbourg Vasari Readers: Style, Invention, and Canon in the German Renaissance”, forthcoming in 2018.

“Joseph Boillot and the Architecture of the Inhuman.” In Anthropomorphe Stützen/Ordres anthropomorphes. Actes des colloques de Paris et Würzburg, edited by Sabine Frommel, forthcoming in fall 2017.

“Kubler und das Leben der Formen in der mexikanischen Architektur.” In Weltgeschichten der Architektur. Ursprünge, Narrative, Bilder 1700-2016. Edited by Matteo Burioni (Passau: Dietmar Klinger Verlag, 2016), 33-35.

“Anthropomorphizing the Orders: ‘Terms’ of Architectural Eloquence in the Northern Renaissance.” In The Anthropomorphic Lens: Anthropomorphism, Microcosmism and Analogy in Early Modern Thought and Visual Arts. Edited by Walter Melion, Bret Rothstein, and Michel Weemans. Intersections 34 (Leiden: Brill, 2015), 341-378.

Ernst Gombrich. Art and Illusion: A Study in the Psychology of Pictorial Representation.In Kunstgeschichten 1915. Heinrich Wölfflins ,Kunstgeschichtliche Grundbegriffe’ im Kontext. Edited by Matteo Burioni, Burcu Dogramaci, and Ulrich Pfisterer (Passau: Dietmar Klinger Verlag, 2015), 390-393.

Principles of Art History: The Problem of the Development of Style in Later Art.In Kunstgeschichten 1915. Heinrich Wölfflins ,Kunstgeschichtliche Grundbegriffe’ im Kontext. Edited by Matteo Burioni, Burcu Dogramaci, and Ulrich Pfisterer (Passau: Dietmar Klinger Verlag, 2015), 335-337.

“‘A particularly artful artificio’: Staging Wonder in the Great Hall of Stuttgart’s New Lusthaus.” In Central European and American Perspectives on Visual Arts in Early Modern Europe. Proceedings of the International Conference, “Parallel Inquiries: Art and Visual Culture in Early Modern Central Europe,” Brno, 25 March, 2012. Edited by Ondřej Jakubec (Brno: Barrister & Principal Press, 2014), 56-73.

“Panofskys Renaissance und die Methoden der Kulturgeschichte.” In Was war Renaissance? Bilder einer Erzählform von Vasari bis Panofsky. Edited by Hans Christian Hönes, Léa Kuhn, Elizabeth J. Petcu, and Susanne Thürigen (Passau: Dietmar Klinger Verlag, 2013), 42-5.

“Walther Hermann Ryffs translatio artium.” In Was war Renaissance? Bilder einer Erzählform von Vasari bis Panofsky. Edited by Hans Christian Hönes, Léa Kuhn, Elizabeth J. Petcu, and Susanne Thürigen (Passau: Dietmar Klinger Verlag, 2013), 109-13.

“Drawings by Karel Škréta the Elder and His Circle in North America” [with Sarah W. Lynch]. In Karel Škréta (1610-1674): Dílo a Doba. Studie, Dokumenty, Prameny /Karel Škréta (1610-1674): His Work and his Era. Studies, Documents, Sources. Proceedings of the International Conference, “Karel Škréta (1610-1674). Doba a dílo / Karel Škréta (1610-1674): His Era and His Work,” Prague, 29-31 March, 2011. Edited by Lenka Stolárová and Kateřina Holečková (Prague: Národní Galerie, 2013), 185-208.

Reviews

“Architectural Perspectives. Review of Johannes Grave, Architekturen des Sehens. Bauten in Bilder des Quattrocento and Gerd Blum, Fenestra prospectiva. Architektonisch inszenierte Ausblicke: Alberti, Palladio, Agucchi. In Sehepunkte. Rezensionsjournal für die Geisteswissenschaften, projected publication in 2017.

“Review: Esther Gordon Dotson and Mark Richard Ashton. J.B. Fischer von Erlach: Architecture as Theater in the Baroque Era.” Architectural Histories 1, no. 1, article 4 (2013). DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/ah.af

“Exhibition Catalogue Review: Lenka Stolárová – Vít Vlnas (eds) Karel Škréta (1610-1674). Doba a dílo / Karel Škréta (1610-1674): His Era and His Work [with Sarah W. Lynch] in Umění / Art 59, no. 5/6 (2011): 439-42.