My past research covers a range of topics: social history and architectural design; the language of art theory and criticism; psycho-biographies of artists; non-verbal communication in painting; the biological and psychological conditions of artistic creativity and production; and the economic preconditions of making and marketing paintings. I am currently working on painters’ palettes and painting as performance.
“Giving Vasari the Giorgio Treatment,” I Tatti Studies in the Italian Renaissance, vol. 18, 2015, pp. 61–111.
Painting for Profit. The Economic Lives of Seventeenth-century Italian Painters, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2010; co-author: Richard Spear.
The Artist Grows Old. The Aging of Art and Artists in Italy, 1500-1800, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2007.
Style in the Art Theory of Early Modern Italy, New York and Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 2001.
Pittoresco. Marco Boschini, His Critics and Their Critiques of Painterly Brushwork in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Italy, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991.