Professor II & Program Co-Director, Cultural and Preservation Studies
Tod Marder, at far right, with former student Dr. Meredith Bzdak, Dutch visiting lecturer Konrad Ottenheym and, on the far left, undergraduate Sarah Cavins at the restoration of Louis Kahn's Bath House (1955-57) in Ewing Township, New Jersey.
Professor Marder's principal research interest is in the field of Roman baroque architecture in general, and the art and architecture of Gian Lorenzo Bernini in specific. In 1997, he published Bernini's Scala Regia at the Vatican Palace. Architecture, Sculpture, and Ritual (Cambridge University Press), an extensive, documented monograph on Bernini's Scala Regia and the equestrian statue of Constantine, attempting to put these monuments in the historical context of the Vatican Palace, St. Peter's basilica, and Piazza San Pietro. In 1998, he published Bernini and the Art of Architecture (Abbeville Press), a more general book on Bernini's architecture, focussing on his major works and what they tell us about his goals and intentions, and how he realized them. This book provides a starting point for a series of additional investigations of individual works that will cast new light on the relationship of patron and architect in the design process.
Current research projects include a book of essays (co-edited with Mark Wilson Jones) on the Pantheon from ancient to modern times and a re-edition (with Ann Sutherland Harris) of Brauer and Wittkower's corpus of Bernini drawings. Professor Marder is also working on a general book on Bernini's art.
Reviews: N. Courtright, The Papacy and the Art of Reform in 16th Century Rome and T. Ehrlich, Landscape and Identity in Early Modern Rome: Villa Culture at Frascati in the Borghese Era in Art Bulletin. March 2006
"Bernini's Neptune and Triton Fountain from the Villa Montalto," in Bernini dai Borghese ai Barberini. La cultura a Roma intorno agli anni Venti, Academie de France a Rome (Accademia di Francia a Roma, Villa Medici), eds. Olivier Bonfait and Anna Coliva, Rome, 2004, 118-127.
" A Bernini Expert Reflects on Dan Brown's Use of the Baroque Master" and "A Scholar Visits the Vatican Library" in Dan Burstein, Secrets of Angels and Demons: the Unauthorized Guide to the Bestselling Novel, New York: CDS Books with Squibnocket Partners LLC, 2004.
“Delli Portici, e Piazza avanti il Tempio Vaticano,” and “Della nuova Scala Regia Vaticana che conduce al Palazzo Ponteficio,” in Il Tempio Vaticano 1694. Carlo Fontana, ed. Giovanna Curcio, Milan, 2003, 206-215 and 216-221.
“Strumenti e invenzioni nell’architettura di Bernini,” Storia dell’architettura italiana. Il Seicento, ed. Aurora Scotti Tosini, Milan, 2003, 146-161.
"Symmetry and Eurythmy at the Pantheon: the Fate of Bernini's Perceptions from the Seventeenth Century to the Present Day" Antiquity and Its Interpreters, ed. A. Payne, A. Kuttner, R. Smick, Cambridge University Press, 2000, 217-226.
"Borromini e Bernini a Piazza Navona," in Francesco Borromini. Atti del convegno internazionale. Eds. Christoph Luitpold Frommel and Elisabeth Sladek. Rome, 2000: 140-145.
"L'immagine del principe" (The Image of the Prince), "Il palazzo Ducale - il parere di Bernini" (Ducal Palace - Bernini's Professional Assessment), and "Il palazzo Ducale - il parere di Cortona"(Ducal Palace - Cortona's Professional Assessment), in Modena 1598. L'Invenzione di una capitale, eds. M. Bulgarelli, C. Conforti, G. Curcio, Electa Editore, 1999, 39-53, 124-127, 134-137.
"I rapporti fra Alessandro VII, i suoi architetti e i loro edifici" in Bernini e la Roma di Alessandro VII, Roma alessandrina. Il Bernini e la nuova Roma all'epoca Chigi 1655/1667 (essays by A. Coliva, M. Fagiolo, M. Minozzi, M. Ulivi, S. Schütze, M. Bevilacqua, S.Roberto, T. Marder), Rome, 1999, 244-255.
Longer list of publications
Respondant at a symposium (October 15, 2006) in Princeton entitled Virgin Saints and the Early Christian Revival which was held in conjunction with the exhibition "Pietro da Cortona's Saint Martina Refuses to Adore the Idols-- a Painting in Context."
July and early August 2006, taught the first edition of the Rome Summer School with Erik Thuno. The course included a personal tour behind the scenes at the Vatican Museums and the Vatican Palace, as well as a visit to ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage).
“St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome: Peter to John Paul II,” session
organizer for Italian Art Society, College Art Association annual
meeting, Atlanta (February 2005)
Organizing committee, From Raphael to the Grand Tour, A Symposium in Celebration of Malcolm Campbell’s Seventieth Birthday, University of Pennsylvania, October 2004
Organizing committee and Session chair for Galileo and the Arts, The Age of Galileo: Art and Science in Early Modern Italy, Rutgers University, October 2004
Co-organizer (with Joe Consoli and Sara Harrington) and Presenter at the symposium “Forging Memorial Art for Public Memory,” sponsored by the Art Library and the Department of Art History – 5 speakers contextualizing the Art Library exhibition entitled Forging Memorial Art for Public Memory (September 12, 2003)
Presenter for session “Forming the Social Contract” at the symposium “The Italian Renaissance City: Art, Architecture, and Civic Identity,” Princeton University (September 19-20, 2003)
The Pantheon After Antiquity, Karman Center for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and the Universität Bern, Bern, Switzerland, November 10-11, 2006
A Finger Bath in Rosewater: Cracks in Bernini’s Reputation, Sankt Peter in Rom 1506-2006, Internationaler Kongress, Kunsthistorisches Institut der Rheinischen Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, Bonn, February 2006
Bernini and the Art of Portraiture, 3 lectures for the seminar “Illustrated Identity: Portraits, Artists, and Society in Italy,” Siena School for Liberal Arts and Università degli Studi Siena, December 2005
Bernini and the Centralized Church Plans for Alexander VII, L’Architecture Religieuse Europeenne au Temps des Reformes: Heritage de la Renaissance et Recherches Nouvelles, Centre André Chastel et Université d’Utrecht, Maisons-Lafitte et Paris, June 2005
The Literary Myth of Bernini, Annual Meeting, Renaissance Society of America , New York, April 2004.
The True Subject of Bernini’s Neptune and Triton for the Villa Montalto, From Raphael to the Grand Tour, A Symposium in Celebration of Malcolm Campbell’s Seventieth Birthday, University of Pennsylvania, October 2004.
Missionary Science-Hieroglyphic Art: Bernini, Kircher, and the Fountain of the Four Rivers in Rome, Josephine Von Henneberg Lecture, Boston College, November 2004.
Current Interests & Research:
--Urban planning in Rome
--Classical traditions in architecture from antiquity to the present
Undergraduate Classes Taught:
--Classical Architecture from Ancient to Modern Times
--Renaissance and Baroque Architecture
--Classical traditions in architecture from antiquity to the present
--Arts in Baroque Rome
--Bernini and the Baroque
--Architect and Society in England
--The City of Rome
Graduate Classes Taught:
--Problems in Baroque Art in Italy and Spain
--St. Peter's and the Vatican Palace