Areli Marina

Associate Professor, Medieval Art and Architecture, Italian Architecture and Urbanism 1000-1600
Primary office:
209-D Spencer Museum of Art


Areli Marina teaches courses on the art and architecture of medieval Western Europe, with special emphasis on Italy and the built environment. Her interest in historic architecture was kindled on the ramparts of El Morro Castle in her native Puerto Rico. Marina’s research investigates the monumental sculpture, architecture, and urban design of northern Italy between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Her first book, The Italian Piazza Transformed: Parma in the Communal Age (Penn State Press, 2012), won the 2013 Howard A. Marraro prize for the best book on Italian Catholic history. Her articles and essays on the architecture and urbanism of Florence, Parma, Verona, and Venice have appeared in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, I Tatti Studies, and Renaissance Quarterly. She is now working on a study of Italian baptismal buildings from 1000 to 1500, as well as the spatial practices of Italian lords during the later Middle Ages.


1985—A.B., East Asian Studies, Harvard College
1996—M.A., Art History, Florida State University
2004—Ph.D., History of Art & Architecture, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

Professional Experience

2017-Present—Associate Professor, University of Kansas
2012-17—Associate Professor, University of Illinois
2006-13—Assistant Professor, University of Illinois

Selected Publications

The Italian Piazza Transformed: Parma in the Communal Age (University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2012).

Editor, "The Material Culture of the Italian Signori," special section of I Tatti Studies in the Italian Renaissance 16, no. 1-2 (Fall 2013): 363-523. (160pp.)

"Architecture and Urban Space," in Dante in Context, ed. Zygmunt G. Baranski and Lino Pertile (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015), 427-447, 555.

"The Langobard Revival of Matteo il Magno Visconti, Lord of Milan," I Tatti Studies in the Italian Renaissance 16, no. 1-2 (Fall 2013): 377-414.

"From the Myth to the Margins: The Patriarch's Piazza at San Pietro di Castello in Venice," Renaissance Quarterly 64, no. 2 (Summer 2011): 353-429.

"Magnificent Architecture in Late Medieval Italy," in Magnificence and the Sublime: The Aesthetics of Grandeur in Medieval Art, Architecture, Music and Literature, ed. C. Stephen Jaeger (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), 193-214.

Selected Honors

2013—Helen and Howard A. Marraro Prize, American Catholic Historical Association, for the most distinguished book on Italian or Italo-American history published in 2012 (The Italian Piazza Transformed: Parma in the Communal Age)

2010-11—Villa I Tatti Fellowship, Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies

2008-09—Getty Foundation, Non-Residential Postdoctoral Fellowship in Art History

Courses Taught

Lecture Classes
History of Western Art: Ancient through Medieval
Introduction to the History of Architecture
Early Medieval Art, 300-1065
Later Medieval Art, 1066-1400
Medieval Art 800-1400
Collecting Medieval Art in America
Italian Art 1300-1500: The Spatial Arts of Urban Italy
Renaissance Architecture

The Medieval Cathedral
The Architectural Heritage of the University
Art and the Cult of the Saints in the Medieval West
The Problems of Plunder: Spolia in the Medieval Art and Architecture
Renascence, Renovatio, and Renaissance in Medieval Architecture
The Architectural Cultures of Medieval Italy
What We Talk About When We Talk About Columns

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