Pier Luigi Tucci

Assistant Professor

Gilman 178
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Pier Luigi Tucci joined the History of Art Department in 2010, after 10 years of teaching in Italy and in the United Kingdom.

Tucci is the author of a book on the reuse of ancient reliefs and inscriptions in 15th-century Rome. He published several articles on Roman art and architecture in peer-reviewed international journals (the American Journal of Archaeology, the Journal of Roman Archaeology, the Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome, the Papers of the British School at Rome, and the Mélanges de l’École Française de Rome-Antiquité).

Tucci is a registered architect (Ordine degli Architetti di Roma) and a corresponding member of the Pontificia Accademia Romana di Archeologia. He is also a consultant for the “GIS Forma Urbis Romae Project” (University of Oregon, Departments of Architecture and Geography, InfoGraphics Lab).

Pier Luigi Tucci’s research interests cross the boundaries between classics, archaeology, history of architecture, and art history, and include the influence of Greece on Roman art and architecture, Late Antiquity, the “conversion” of pagan buildings into Christian basilicas, the display of spolia in the Middle Ages and in the Renaissance. In Rome he discovered the Republican temple of Neptune, as well as a domus and other previously unknown buildings on the Capitoline hill. He has identified and discussed several fragments of the Severan Marble Plan of Rome.

Before coming to Johns Hopkins University in 2010, Pier Luigi Tucci taught in Italy (University of Pisa) and in the United Kingdom (Exeter and London). In the History of Art Department he is developing new interdisciplinary courses on the analysis and interpretation of material and visual culture concerning the interrelated fields of Roman art and architecture.

Pier Luigi Tucci’s articles on Roman art and architecture have been published in a Archeologia Classica, the Journal of Roman Archaeology, the Papers of the British School at Rome, the Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome, the Mélanges de l’École Française de Rome-Antiquité, and the American Journal of Archaeology.

In 2001 Tucci published Laurentius Manlius. La riscoperta dell’antica Roma, la nuova Roma di Sisto IV (Rome 2001; Quaderni di Eutopia. Commentarii Novi de Antiquitatibus Totius Europae 3). His next book deals with the Templum Pacis in Rome. Tucci has been able to examine the design, significance, and function of this complex as a whole, setting it within the context of early imperial and late-antique architecture. His focus is on the “conversion” of the bibliotheca Pacis into a Constantinian audience hall, and eventually into a Christian basilica dedicated to Cosmas and Damian by Pope Felix IV (526-530). He is also working on a research project which aims at exploring the ‘metamorphosis’ of the Capitoline hill from the foundation of Rome through the Middle Ages, until the construction of the Monument to King Victor Emmanuel II at the end of the 19th century.