fine arts department
M.A., Syracuse University, Graduate Program in Renaissance Art, Florence
Ph.D., Rutgers University
Devlin Hall 421
Fields of Interest
Italian Renaissance and Baroque art, architecture and urbanism; domestic art and architecture; material culture; patronage; Renaissance Florence; Papal Rome
Stephanie Leone’s primary field of research is domestic art and architecture and material culture in seventeenth-century Rome. She is currently working on the display of art in Rome in the seventeenth and eighteenth century. Dr. Leone has published on the collecting and consumption habits of Cardinal Benedetto Pamphilj (1653-1730), which was part of an interdisciplinary and international research project on the Doria Pamphilj Gallery that she directed. Her book on the Palazzo Pamphilj in Piazza Navona, Rome considers the intersection between palaces and social rituals and the roles of architects, patrons, and advisors in building.
Professor Leone teaches about all aspects of Italian art from ca. 1300 to 1750. In undergraduate seminars, she has explored topics related to her research: Italian palaces; domestic architecture around the world, co-taught with Prof. Bloom; the arts of the Mediterranean world, co-taught with Prof. Bloom; and the history of collecting and museums, co-taught with Prof. Netzer. Leone teaches an interdisciplinary course on the history, art, and literature of early modern Rome with colleagues from History and Romance Languages. Every other year, she teaches a BC summer course in Rome on the city's art and architecture from 1450-1700.
- Editor, The Pamphilj and the Arts: Patronage and Consumption in Baroque Rome (Chestnut Hill, MA: McMullen Museum of Art; Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011).
- “Cardinal Benedetto Pamphilj's Art Collection: Still-life Painting and the Cost of Collecting,” in The Pamphilj and the Arts: Patronage and Consumption in Baroque Rome.
- The Palazzo Pamphilj in Piazza Navona: Constructing Identity in Early Modern Rome (London: Harvey Miller—Brepols, 2008).
- "In vogue in fifteenth-century Florence: the material culture of marriage," in Secular/Sacred: 11th–16th Century Works from the Boston Public Library and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Chestnut Hill, MA: McMullen Museum of Art; Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006).
- Co-edited with Lisa Fentress, Caroline Goodson, Margaret Laird, Walls and Memory: the Abbey of San Sebastiano at Alatri (Lazio), from Late Roman Monastery to Renaissance Villa and Beyond (Turnhout: Brepols, 2005).
- “From Medieval Monastery to Early Renaissance Villa: the patronage of Giovanni Tortelli,” and “The fattoria of the Doria Pamphilj,” in Walls and Memory: the Abbey of San Sebastiano at Alatri (Lazio), from Late Roman Monastery to Renaissance Villa and Beyond.
- “Cardinal Giovanni Battista Pamphilj Builds a Palace: Self-Representation and Familial Ambition in Early Modern Rome.” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 63 (2004): 440–71.