Vittoria Di Palma, “Naples and Natural History on the Grand Tour”
Vittoria Di Palma is Assistant Professor of Architectural History in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University. She is the co-editor of Intimate Metropolis: Urban Subjects in the Modern City (Routledge: 2009) and her writing has also been published in AA Files, the Journal of Architecture, and the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. She is currently writing a book on landscape and natural history in 18th-century England.
Prof. Di Palma specializes in modern European architectural history and theory, with a particular concentration on eighteenth-century architecture and landscape. Her research focuses on connections between landscape and epistemology; ideas of the natural and the artificial; and, more broadly, brings art historical issues to bear upon architectural history, examining, for example, ways in which visuality, aesthetics, and perception inform our understanding of buildings and environments.