Tod Marder is an art and architectural historian with a long-standing interest in the history of the city of Rome and a special passion for the work of Gian Lorenzo Bernini. In two books and many articles Marder has tried to clarify the nature of Bernini's architecture as a sophisticated expression of design principles, in contrast to simplistic views of the work as a foil for his sculpture or, alternatively, a "classical" version of more daring experiments of contemporaries like Borromini and Cortona. In addition, the publications also include many studies of the reception of the Pantheon in the early modern and modern periods. A former department chair and former editor-in-chief of the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Marder is pursuing these and other passions in his retirement in Rome and New Brunswick.
- Department: Department of Art History