Dr. Margaret Muther D’Evelyn

Professor of Art History
PhD, Princeton University
MFA, Princeton University
MA, University of California, Berkeley
BA, Principia College

Margaret D’Evelyn is the William Martin and Mina Merrill Prindle Professor of Fine Arts. She teaches a wide variety of introductory and era-specific courses at Principia College, including survey courses on Western and Non-Western Art, Ancient Art (with an emphasis on Greece), Medieval Art, Art of the Italian Renaissance, Architecture in America, Art in the USA, the History of Photography, and a course on the Architectural History of Venice. She leads seminars on Renaissance Venice and on Early Twentieth-Century Art, among other themes, and directs capstone projects for students fulfilling the requirements of a special major in Art History.

Dr. D’Evelyn's research interests focus on the architectural history of the Italian Renaissance, with particular attention to Venice. Her recent book, Venice and Vitruvius: Reading Venice with Daniele Barbaro and Andrea Palladio, published in June 2012 by Yale University Press, presents new evidence for an extraordinary intellectual culture lying behind the beautiful buildings of Venice. She has published two preparatory articles for Venice and Vitruvius: “Venice as Vitruvius’s City in Daniele Barbaro’s Commentaries” in Studi Veneziani and “Varietà and the Caryatid Portico in Daniele Barbaro’s Commentaries on Vitruvius ” in Annali di architettura.  

While researching and writing Venice and Vitruvius, D’Evelyn supervised undergraduates in the Faculty of Architecture and Art History at Cambridge University, UK, for three years. She has also taught in sabbatical-replacement positions at Wheaton College, Norton, MA; the University of Rhode Island, Kingston; and the Rhode Island School of Design.

D’Evelyn is a member of the College Art Association of America (CAA), the Renaissance Society of America (RSA), and the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH). She has presented scholarly papers at meetings of the CAA, RSA, and Southeastern Association of College Art, as well as at a conference sponsored by the International Society for the Classical Tradition.

During her graduate student years, D’Evelyn contributed numerous Home Forum articles and book reviews to The Christian Science Monitor