David Karmon


Visual Arts Department
Professor, Department Chair

Ph.D., Harvard University
M. Arch., Yale School of Architecture

Fields: Early modern art, architecture, and urbanism

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Email: dkarmon@holycross.edu
Office Phone: 508-793-2253
Office: Fenwick 438
PO Box: 60A


David Karmon is Professor and Chair of the Department of Visual Arts at Holy Cross. Author of Architecture and the Senses in the Italian Renaissance: The Varieties of Architectural Experience (Cambridge University Press, 2021) and The Ruin of the Eternal City: Antiquity and Preservation in Renaissance Rome (Oxford University Press, 2011), his writings on architecture, urbanism, and the history of archaeology have appeared in numerous journals, anthologies, and exhibition catalogues. He has received numerous accolades for his work, including the Lily Auchincloss / Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Post-Doctoral Rome Prize in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies at the American Academy in Rome, as well as fellowships from the Institute of Advanced Studies at Princeton, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Newberry Library, the Clark Art Institute, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the Bogliasco Foundation, and Dumbarton Oaks. As Book Review Editor for Europe, Asia, and Africa before 1750 (2018-20), and Chief Editor at the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (2021-23), his expertise extends across many areas of the global built environment. He is currently working on a new book on Renaissance architecture and natural history.


These typically involve the close study of objects and sites, and thematic approaches to situate these works within broader social and cultural contexts.

  • ENVS 199 Introduction to the Environmental Humanities
  • VAHI 111 History of Pre-Modern Global Architecture
  • VAHI 112 History of Modern Global Architecture
  • VAHI 137 Destruction and Renewal
  • VAHI 205 Global Commerce in 15c Italy
  • VAHI 206 Art and Antiquity in 16c Italy
  • VAHI 207 Art, Science, and Power in the 17c
  • VAHI 350 City Nature
  • VAHI 400 Concentration Seminar
  • VAHI 420 Fenwick Tutorial
  • HNRS 495 Honors Thesis