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About Dorothy Metzger Habel

Dorothy Metzger Habel is a scholar of seventeenth-century Italian art whose research focuses on the architecture and city planning of papal Rome. Her recent book The Urban Development of Rome in the Age of Alexander VII (Cambridge University Press, 2002) examines the role of discrete zones within the city, including the Quirinal, Piazza del Popolo, Piazza S. Marco, Piazza Colonna, via del Corso and Piazza S. Pietro, in establishing Pope Alexander VII's new conceptualization of the city as one reviving the architectural formulae of late-antique Roman Asia. In addition, she has published studies on the architecture and sculpture of Bernini, the architecture of Pietro da Cortona and the architectural history of Piazza S. Ignazio, Rome in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. She received her M. A. and Ph.D. in the History of Art from the University of Michigan.


Present Professor and Director, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Present School of Art: Art History, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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Honors and Awards

  • Millard Meiss Publication Fund grant, College Art Association, Illustration Program for “When all of Rome was under Construction”, spring 2012
  • Dale Cleaver Professorship, University of Tennessee, 2002-2003: 2008-2009
  • NEH Fellowship, 2005-2006
  • Book Award for The Urban Development of Rome in the Age of Alexander VII, Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, 2002
  • Jefferson Prize, University of Tennessee, 2001-2004
  • Lindsay Young Professorship, College of Arts and Sciences, 1988-2003

Books (2)

Articles (9)

Essays (8)

Book Reviews (5)

Selected Presentations (11)