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Lauren Jacobi

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Visiting Professor- Winter/Spring 2013

Ph.D. Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, 2012
M.A. The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London
B.A. Swarthmore College

Courses to be taught at Dartmouth

  • Art History 16.2, Islamic Architecture, Urbanism and the Environment
  • Art History 17.2, Italian Renaissance Architecture: Issues and Approaches
  • Art History 16.2, Art, Architecture and Money in the Early Modern Period

 In addition to several surveys, I have taught specialized courses on the history of pre-modern architecture in the Middle East, China and Japan; Renaissance art and architecture; the history of architectural drawing; and the urban development of New York City.  From 2009-2011, I taught the architectural history component of the Art History Department’s Foreign Study Program in Rome.


Special Interests

My research and teaching interests focus on the history of late medieval and Renaissance Italian architecture and urbanism with an emphasis on global connections, particularly throughout the Mediterranean world.  The intersection of the built landscape and material objects with the economy forms my core research concern.  With the monetization of Europe in the late medieval period, banking and commercial networks opened and reaffirmed nodes of trade that impacted the cityscape across an expansive world system.  Publications that I am working on analyze the physical sites of mercantile exchange and the cultural practices of Italian bankers in the terra firma—specifically in Florence and Rome—in conjunction with a comparative study of several places where Italians established significant mercantile colonies outside of their homeland: in Bruges and Lyon, and also in Cairo, Constantinople, and Jerusalem.  I argue that this was a dynamic time when an architectural semiotics began to be codified for bank buildings and places of mercantile trade, particularly in the form of fondacos and loggias.  My research examines how—precisely because of the contingency of money itself—clusters of places of trade and the bank building itself came to the fore as a spatial type.  Amongst my professional interests, I currently serve as the vice-president of the Society of Architectural Historians-New York City chapter and maintain an active presence at the American Numismatic Society.

Last Updated: 10/18/12