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Meredith Martin

Institute of Fine Arts; Associate Professor of Art History

Ph.D. 2006, M.A. 2003, Harvard University; B.A. 1997, Princeton University



Areas of Research/Interest: 

18th- and 19th-Century French and British art, architecture, material culture, and landscape design; art and gender politics; cross-cultural encounters in European art; interiors and identity; historical revivalism and contemporary art


ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship
Finalist for the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians First Book Prize
The Drawing Institute at the Morgan Library and Museum Fellowship, 2012
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of the History of Art and Archaeology, Columbia University, 2006-2007
Chester Dale Predoctoral Fellowship, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, 2005-2006
Samuel H. Kress Foundation Travel Fellowship, 2005
Harvard University Lurcy Traveling Fellowship for Dissertation Research in France, 2003-2004
Harvard University Derek Bok Center Certificate of Excellence in Teaching, Fall 2002 and Spring 2002
Stella and Rensselaer W. Lee Senior Thesis Prize, Princeton University, 1997
Phi Beta Kappa, Princeton University, 1997

Select Publications:


Dairy Queens: The Politics of Pastoral Architecture from Catherine de’ Medici to Marie-Antoinette (Cambridge, Ma: Harvard University Press, 2011)


Architectural Space in Eighteenth-Century Europe: Constructing Identities and Interiors, co-edited with Denise Baxter (Farnham, UK: Ashgate, 2010)


Period Eye: Karen Kilimnik’s Fancy Pictures, co-authored with Scott Rothkopf (London: Serpentine Gallery/Koenig Books, 2007)



“History Repeats Itself in Jean-Léon Gérôme’s Reception of the Siamese Ambassadors,” forthcoming in The Art Bulletin, March 2017
“Mirror Reflections: Louis XIV, Phra Narai, and the Material Culture of Kingship,” in Objects in Motion in the Early Modern World, ed. Meredith Martin and Daniela Bleichmar, special issue of Art History, vol. 38, no. 4 (September 2015), pp. 652-67
“Introduction” to Objects in Motion in the Early Modern World (co-authored with Daniela Bleichmar), special issue of Art History, vol. 38, no. 4 (September 2015), pp. 604-19
“Porcelain Rooms,” in Arlene Shechet: All at Once (ICA Boston and Delmonico Books/Prestel, 2015), pp. 165-68
“Tipu Sultan’s Ambassadors at Saint-Cloud: Indomania and Anglophobia in Pre-Revolutionary Paris,” in West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture, vol. 21, no. 1 (Spring/Summer 2014), pp. 37-68

“’Turks’ on Display During the Reign of Louis XIV,” co-authored with Gillian Weiss,

L’Ésprit Créateur, vol. 55, no. 4 (December 2013)


Remembrance of Things Past: Robert de Montesquiou, Emile Gallé, and Rococo Revival During the Fin-de-Siècle,” forthcoming in Rococo Echo: Art, Theory, and Historiography, themed issue of Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century, ed. Melissa Hyde and Katie Scott (expected 2015)


“Interiors and Patronage in Eighteenth-Century Europe,” forthcoming in Companion to Architecture in the Age of Enlightenment, ed. Caroline van Eck and Sigrid de Jong (expected 2014)


“Bourbon Renewal at Rambouillet,” in Invaluable Trees: Cultures of Nature, 1660- 1830, themed issue of Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century, ed. Laura Auricchio, Elizabeth Heckendorn Cook, and Giulia Pacini (Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2012)


“Dairy Cases: The Milk Cure in Eighteenth-Century France,” Cabinet, vol. 40 (Winter 2010/11): 47-53


“The Ascendancy of the Interior in Eighteenth-Century French Architectural Theory,” in Architectural Space in Eighteenth-Century Europe, ed. Baxter and Martin (2010), pp. 15-34


“Interiors and Interiority in the Ornamental Dairy Tradition,” Eighteenth-Century Fiction, vol. 20, no. 3 (Spring 2008): 341-368




“Amassed Ornaments: Meredith Martin on Contemporary Art at Versailles,” Artforum, vol. 49 (March 2011): 49-50


Review of Robert Berger and Thomas Hedin’s Diplomatic Tours in the Gardens of Versailles under Louis XIV (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008) and Laurence Chatel de Brancion’s Carmontelle’s Landscape Transparencies: Cinema of the Enlightenment (Santa Monica: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2008), The Art Bulletin, vol. 91 (December 2009): 511-515


“Gilty Pleasures: Meredith Martin on the Rococo,” Artforum, vol. 46 (Summer 2008): 189-192



Art, Artists and the Modern Public

Art in The Age of Revolution: European Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture, c. 1750-1875

Architectural Space and Decoration in Eighteenth-Century Europe

Updated on 10/27/2016