Elizabeth A. Kassler-Taub

Assistant Professor
Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor of Art History

Professor Kassler-Taub is a specialist in early modern art, architecture, and urbanism, with a focus on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Italy. Her teaching and research interests include: the transcultural exchange of artistic and architectural knowledge in the Mediterranean; Spanish colonialism and urban intervention in southern Italy and the Americas; and the theory and historiography of early modern globalism. Professor Kassler-Taub’s current book project, Elastic Empire: Architecture, Urbanism, and Identity in Early Modern Palermo, explores the architectural and urban development of early modern Palermo during the first centuries of Spanish viceregal rule. She is also at work on a co-edited volume of scholarly essays and curatorial reflections with Inderbir Singh Riar (Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism, Carleton University) on architectural monumentality from a global and transhistorical perspective. Her work has been recently supported by a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Getty Research Institute, a Jane L. Keddy Memorial Fellowship from the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University, and a RSA-Samuel H. Kress Research Fellowship in Renaissance Art History from the Renaissance Society of America. In fall 2021, she will be a Visiting Scholar in the Sawyer Seminar “Transmission, Containment, Transformation: A Comparative Approach to Architecture and Contagion in Early Modern Cities” at Penn State, sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (https://sites.psu.edu/earlymoderncities).

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207 Carpenter Hall
HB 6033
Art History
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
A.B. Princeton University
M.A. Harvard University
Ph. D. Harvard University

Selected Publications

“Unlearning Palermo’s Architectural History,” in “Roundtable: Constructing Race and Architecture (1400-1800),” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 80, n. 3 (September 2021): 270-73.

Inconvenient Globalism: Method Making at the Margins of Art History,” Modern Philology 119, n. 1 (August 2021), Multiplicities: Recasting the Early Modern Global, pp. 33-60.

Building with Water: The Rise of the Island-City in the Early Modern Mediterranean,” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 78, n. 2 (2019), pp. 145-66.

Writing the body: Andrea del Verrocchio’s Measured Drawing of a Horse,” Word & Image 37, n. 2 (2019), pp. 97-111.