Elizabeth Rodini



Gentile Bellini’s Portrait of Sultan Mehmet II: Lives and Afterlives of an Iconic Painting (forthcoming, I.B. Tauris/Bloomsbury).

Heritage writing

A Sense of Place: Hidden Stories of the Johns Hopkins University Homewood Campus,” ICOM News, Special Issue: Museums and Cultural Landscapes, 2015 (vol. 68, no. 3): 12–13.

Preserving and Perpetuating Memory at the Musée Nissim de Camondo in Paris,” Museum History Journal 7: 1 (January, 2014): 36-54.

On object mobility, collecting, and display

 “Imitation as a Mercantile Strategy: The Case of Damascene Ware,” Typical Venice? Venetian Commodities, 13th-16th Centuries, Brepols Publishers (at press/2018).

Mobile Things: On the Origins and Meanings of Levantine Objects in Early Modern Venice,” Art History 41 (April, 2018): 246-65.

Mapping the Provenance of Museum Objects,” Archive, Issue 2, Fall 2012.

Venice: history and art

“The Politics of Marriage in Carpaccio’s St. Ursula Cycle,” Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal 8 (October, 2013): 85-117.  Winner, Best Article Prize, 2013.

“The Sultan’s True Face?  Gentile Bellini, Mehmet II, and the Value of Verisimilitude,” in The Turk and Islam in the Western Eye, 1450­–­1750: Visual Imagery before Orientalism, ed. James Harper, Ashgate, 2011.

“Mapping Narrative at the Church of San Marco: A Study in Visual Storying,” Word & Image 14 (no. 4, 1998): 387–96.

“Describing Narrative in Gentile Bellini’s Procession in Piazza San Marco,” Art History 21 (March, 1998): 26-44.

On exhibitions and museums

Smarthistory, 6-part series on art museums, their history, politics, and practicalities:               

Exhibition Situations: Allyson Purpura in Conversation with Elizabeth Rodini,” Art Journal Open, September 10, 2018.

Exhibition Situations: Risham Majeed in Conversation with Elizabeth Rodini,” Art Journal Open, February 12, 2018.

“Digging Collections: Lessons from Mark Dion’s ‘An Archaeology of Knowledge,” in An Archaeology of Knowledge: A Permanent Art Installation for the Brody Learning Commons, JHU: The Sheridan Libraries & University Museums, 2012, pp. 35–40.

"The Ivory Tower and the Crystal Palace: Universities, Museums, and the Potential of Public Art History,” caa.reviews, Nov. 27, 2007.

Catalogs and exhibition publications

Printed Sculpture/Sculpted Prints, The Baltimore Museum of Art, 2007 (with students from Johns Hopkins University).

The City Real and Ideal, The Baltimore Museum of Art, 2006.

Paper Museums: The Reproductive Print in Europe, 1500­­–1800, with Rebecca Zorach. Chicago: David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, 2005.

A Well-Fashioned Image: Clothing and Costume in European Art, 1500–1850, with Elissa B. Weaver. Chicago: David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, 2002.

“Signs in Stone: The Symbolic Value of Jewelry in Renaissance and Baroque Europe,” La cultura ceñida: Las joyas en la pintura valenciana siglos xv a xviii.  Valencia: Centre Valencià de Cultura Mediterrànea, 2000.

“The Language of Stones," Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies 25 (no. 2, 2000): 17–28.


I am also the author of book reviews and encyclopedia entries; production and copy editor of museum catalogues; and served as an exhibition field editor for caa.reviews for three years.