Tiffany Lynn Hunt, Ph.D. Headshot


  • Art
  • School

  • Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art
  • Expertise

  • Art History
  • A specialist in Early Modern art and architecture of the global Mediterranean, Tiffany Lynn Hunt received her B.A. in Art History at the University of California, Santa Barbara (2006), her M.A. in Art History from American University in Washington, D.C. (2011), and her Ph.D. in Art History from the Tyler School of Art & Architecture at Temple University (2020). Her primary research examines the intersection of pre- and post-Tridentine Church history and theology with the development of visual culture of the papal court in Rome. This also includes the exhibition history of Renaissance architecture, historiography of Mannerism, development of cult iconographies across Mediterranean networks, and the creation of religious imagery in the Philippines.

    Hunt was awarded a Samuel H. Kress predoctoral fellowship at the Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome (2016-2018) for her dissertation, Investing in Acts: Apostolic Imagery from the Pauline Chapel and Beyond (1542-1572). In 2018, she received a Max-Planck-Gesellschaft research fellowship, which allowed her to begin the foundations for her postdoctoral research project, Renewing the Past, Maturing the Modern: Bruno Zevi’s exhibitions of Renaissance Architecture (1956-1977). Most recently, Hunt received a postdoctoral research fellowship from the Getty Research Institute (2021-2022), where she developed this project by conducting archival research into the photographic archives of Bruno Zevi, Paolo Portoghesi, Piero Sartogo, and Francesco Capolei.

    She has published widely on diverse topics in Early Modern art history, such as paraliturgical sculptures in Baroque Spain (“Empathetic Wounds: Gregorio Fernández’s Cristo Yacentes as a Nexus of Art, Anatomy, and Counter-Reformation Theology,” in Visualizing Sensuous Suffering and Affective Pain in the Early Modern Visual Art of Europe and the Americas (2018)); mid-century modernist exhibitions of Renaissance architecture (“Michelangelo in 1964: The Critical Model as Dialectical Image in Bruno Zevi’s Renaissance Architecture,” in Architectural Theory Review (2020)); and decorative frescoes in the Vatican Palace (“Remembering a Forgotten Petrine Project: Gregory XIII, Lorenzo Sabbatini, and the Life of Peter Frescoes,” in Gregorio XIII Boncompagni. Arte dei moderni e immagini venerabili della nuova Ecclesia (2021)).

    Her forthcoming publications include a chapter titled “Raphael and the Material Turn: a technical historiography, 1970-2020” in the Reconsidering Raphael anthology, and she is co-editing a volume titled Devotio maniera: the Mannerist Altarpiece in Italy circa 1550 and The Problem of Mannerism in Architecture: a critical fortune from Vasari to Venturi.