Painting Architecture in Early Renaissance Italy: Innovation and Persuasion at the Intersection of Art and Architectural Practice

Harvey Miller Publishers, Brepols

Out in July 2024

“Livia Lupi has written the book about painted architecture that the field of Italian Renaissance art and architecture has long needed. Moving beyond the fixation on perspective representation, she addresses the many and varied ways painters employed architecture for narrative ends. Despite the prominence of architecture in many fifteenth-century paintings, few scholars have taken it as their central subject and when they have it has often been in relation to the issue of pictorial space. Lupi widens the lens, and through an in-depth analysis of several key case studies, opens up a broad set of interpretations. Featuring beautiful color illustrations and clear prose, her book is sure to inspire many other studies.”

Cammy Brothers, Professor, Northeastern University and author of Michelangelo, Drawing and the Invention of Architecture & Giuliano da Sangallo and the Ruins of Rome

“This book explores the communicative power and astonishing variety of architectural representation in fifteenth-century Italian painting. Lupi illuminates three wonderful fresco cycles in different parts of Italy, each serving a different type of patron, and all designed to enhance reputations, strengthen authority, and shape specific identities. The meticulous research and fresh insights of this new study help us all to look closely at these vast yet strangely neglected parts of paintings, and to understand how widespread, engrained and inspiring depicted architecture can be.”

Amanda Lillie, Professor Emerita, University of York & Curator of Building the Picture: Architecture in Italian Renaissance Painting


“Intersecting Practices: Architecture and the Visual Arts in Early Modern Europe – Italy and the Netherlands,” Special Collection, co-edited with Krista De Jonge, Architectural Histories, vol. 11, 1 (2023).

Including my article “Brick and Mortar, Paint and Metal: Architecture and Craft in Renaissance Florence and Beyond”

“The Rhetoric of Fictive Architecture: Copia and Amplificatio in Altichiero da Zevio’s Oratory of St George, Padua.” 

Architectural History, 60 (2017): 1-35.


“La rhétorique du lieu. Art de la mémoire et architecture dans l’Oratoire St-Georges de Padoue.”

In Mnémonique et poétique. La figure et son lieu dans la peinture des Tre-Quattrocento, edited by Anne-Laure Imbert, 167-180. Paris: Éditions de la Sorbonne, 2022.

“Fictive Architecture and Pictorial Place: Altichiero da Zevio’s Oratory of St George in Padua (c.1379-1384).”

In Place and Space in the Medieval World, edited by Jane Hawkes, Meg Boulton and Heidi Stoner, 137-148. New York and London: Routledge, 2018.


 Gerardo de Simone, Il Beato Angelico a Roma (1445-1455). Rinascita delle arti e Umanesimo cristiano nell’Urbe di Niccolò V e Leon Battista Alberti. Florence: Leo Olschki, 2018. 

The Burlington Magazine, 1396, 161 (2019): 614-615.

Béla Zsolt Szakács, The Visual World of the Hungarian Angevin Legendary. Budapest and New York: Central European University Press, 2016.

Speculum, 94, n. 2 (2019): 606-608.