Silvia Catitti, Ph.D., Licensed Architect

CatittiCourses Taught at the Institute
Special Topics: The Villa and The Garden
Architecture in Italy: History and Preservation

Credentials
University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Department of Architectural History, Restoration, and Conservation, PhD, Licensed Architect

 

 

Relevant Projects / Publications
– The Vestibule of the Laurentian Library and Designs for the Staircase, in Michelangelo as an Architect at San Lorenzo, Michelangelo drawing exhibition (Florence, Casa Buonarroti, 2007), Main Curator PIETRO RUSCHI (Exhibition Curator)
– S. CATITTI, “Carlo Scarpa, Poetry and Japanese Architecture”, in Italia e Giappone a confronto. Cultura, psicologia, arti, STEFANO U. BALDASSARRI ed., Florence, Pontecorboli (in preparation, Author)
– S. CATITTI, “Exploring Michelangelo through Exhibitions”, in Monographic Exhibitions and the History of Art, DONATELLA PEGAZZANO and MAIA WELLINGTON GAHTAN, eds., London – New York, Routledge (in press, Author)
– S. CATITTI, “The Laurentian Library. Patronage and Building History,” in San Lorenzo: Architecture, Liturgy, and Art in a Florentine Religious Community, ROBERT GASTON and LOUIS A. WALDMAN eds., Florence, Villa I Tatti, 2017, pp. 380-424 (Author)
– S. CATITTI, “1521-1527: La Sagrestia Nuova e la Biblioteca Laurenziana,” in Michelangelo: Una Vita, PATRIZIO AIELLO ed,. Milan, Officina Libraria, 2014, pp. 163-182 (Author)
– S. CATITTI, “Balaustro e balaustrata tra metà Quattrocento e primo Cinquecento,” in Giornate di studio in onore di [Festschrift for] Arnaldo Bruschi, 2 Vols., FLAVIA CANTATORE, FRANCESCO PAOLO FIORE, MAURIZIO RICCI, AUGUSTO ROCA DE AMICIS, and PAOLA ZAMPA, eds., Rome, Bonsignori, 2014, II, pp. 21-32 (Author)
– S. CATITTI, “Michelangelo e il disegno architettonico come strumento progettuale ed esecutivo. Il caso della Biblioteca Laurenziana,” in Michelangelo e il linguaggio dei disegni di architettura, GOLO MAURER and ALESSANDRO NOVA eds., Venice, Marsilio, 2012, pp. 53-67, 330-333 (Author)
– S. CATITTI, “Michelangelo e la monumentalità nel ricetto: progetto, esecuzione e interpretazione,” in Michelangelo architetto a San Lorenzo: Quattro problemi aperti, exhibition catalogue (Florence, Casa Buonarroti, 2007), PIETRO RUSCHI ed., Florence, Mandragora, 2007, pp. 91-103; 10 entries pp. 125-139, 172-173 (Author)
– S. CATITTI, “L’architettura della cappella Carafa in Santa Maria sopra Minerva nel Quattrocento,” Annali di Architettura, XVI, 2004, pp. 25-43 (Author)
– D.R.E. WRIGHT, Il De pictura di Leon Battista Alberti e i suoi lettori, 1435-1600, Florence, Olschki, 2010 (Editor and Translator)
– F. ALBERTINI, Memoriale di molte statue et picture sono nella inclyta cipta di Florentia, per il cinquecentenario della pima guida di Firenze, WALDEMAR DE BOER ed., Florence, Centro Di, 2010 (Translator)
– R. HATFIELD, Alla ricerca di Leonardo. Un’indagine per il ritrovamento della Battaglia di Anghiari, Florence, Giunti, 2008 (unpublished, Translator)
– Michelangelo e il disegno di architettura, CAROLINE ELAM ed., exhibition catalogue (Vicenza-Florence 2006-2007), Venice, Marsilio, 2006 (Translator)
– Desiderio da Settignano, MARC BORMAND, BEATRICE PAOLOZZI STROZZI, NICHOLAS PENNY eds., exhibition catalogue (Paris-Florence-Washington 2006-2007), Milan, 5 Continents Editions 2006 (Translator)
– Ondate rivoluzionarie. L’arte del manifesto politico 1914-1989, ed. JEFFREY T. SCHNAPP, Milan, Skira, 2005 (Translator)
– J. POPE-HENNESSY, Tiziano, ed. Stefano Zuffi, Milan, Electa, 2004 (Translator)
– Botticelli e Filippino. L’inquietudine e la grazia nella pittura fiorentina del Quattrocento, DANIEL ARASSE, PIERLUIGI DE VECCHI and JONATHAN KATZ NELSON, eds., exhibition catalogue (Florence 2004), Milan, Skira, 2004 (Translator)
– Michelangelo. Poesia e scultura, ed. JONATHAN KATZ NELSON, Milan, Electa, 2003 (Translator)

Teaching Philosophy
Exposing students to multiple lenses through which one can look at, talk about, and experience architecture, I aim to stimulate their desire to develop their own viewing angle on the topic, according to their own background and interests. I hope that, with their comprehensive Florentine experience, they acquire an approach that, back home, they can apply to multiple subjects.

Most Rewarding Moments
When I see students elaborate on the issues we address in class and on site, and use their knowledge and opinion to discuss our topic with their peers.

Favorite Quote
“Architecture can profoundly affect a place, sometimes transform it. Architecture and any art can transform a person” FRANK O’GEHRY