The 2005 Catena project team consisted of a committee of advisors, participating scholars, a steering committee, and BGC staff.
Committee of Advisors
This group includes some pioneers in the field of landscape design
history. The books listed bear the most relevance to this project.
James Ackerman, Ph.D., Professor
Emeritus in Department of the History of Art and Architecture at
Harvard University, is the author of The Villa: Form and Ideology
of Country Houses (1990).
Miroslava Marie Benes, Ph.D.,
Senior Lecturer in the History of Landscape Architecture at the
Harvard Design School is the co-author of Villas and Gardens
in Early Modern Italy and France (2001).
Joseph Connors, Ph.D., is Professor
in the Department of Art History at Columbia University and Director
of the Harvard Center for the Study of the Italian Renaissance at
the Villa I Tatti in Florence.
Claudia Lazzaro, Ph.D., Professor
in the Department of Art History at Cornell University, is the author
of The Italian Renaissance Garden (1990).
David Lowenthal, Professor
Emeritus in the Department of Geography at University College London,
is the author of The Past is a Foreign Country (1985).
Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, MCP (Project Founder and former Director), President, Foundation for Landscape Studies is the author of the award-winning Landscape Design, A Cultural and Architectural History. She was the founding director of the Garden History and Landscape Studies concentration at the Bard Graduate Center and was instrumental in laying the groundwork for the Catena digital archive.
David Schuyler, Ph.D.,
Professor in the Department of American Studies at Franklin and
Marshall College, is the author of Apostle Of Taste: Andrew
Jackson Downing, 1815–1852 (1996).
This group is providing the visual materials and intellectual
content contained in the database and website. The books listed
bear the most relevance to this project.
Dr. Alberta Campitelli is the Superintendent of the Villas and Historical Parks Service, Rome, and has worked on the restoration of the secret gardens of the Villa Borghese.
Denis Cosgrove, Ph.D., Alexander
von Humboldt Professor of Geography at the University of California,
Los Angeles, is contributing images and documentation for the villas
of the Veneto. He is the author of The Palladian Landscape:
Geographical Change and its Cultural Representations in Sixteenth-Century
Tracy Ehrlich, Ph.D., Assistant
Professor of Art History at Colgate University, is a specialist
on the villas of Frascati and is the author of Landscape and
Identity in Early Modern Rome: Villa Culture at Frascati in the
Borghese Era (2002).
Bernard Frischer, Ph.D., Professor
of Classics and Director of the University of Virginia’s Institute
for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, is an authority on ancient
Roman landscape and director of the excavations at Horace’s Villa
Giorgio Galletti has been Director
of the Office of Villas, Parks, and Gardens of the Soprintendenza
per i Beni Architettonici in Florence since 1986. His principal
responsibilities have included the maintenance, conservation, and
restoration of the Giardino di Boboli and the villas of Castello,
la Petraia, and Poggio a Caiano. The Acádemie de France selected
him for the conservation project of the garden of the Villa Medici
in Rome, on which he has been working since June 2000. He was a fellow
at Dumbarton Oaks for the academic year 1998–1999.
Kathryn Gleason, Ph.D., is
Associate Professor and Department Chair of the Department of Landscape
Architecture at Cornell University. She specializes in garden archeology.
Dianne Harris, Ph.D., Associate
Professor of Landscape Architecture and Architecture in the Department
of Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
has worked extensively on Lombard gardens and is the author of The
Nature of Authority: Villa Culture, Landscape, and Representation
in Eighteenth-Century Lombardy (2003).
Robin Karson is the Executive Director of The Library of American Landscape History and is the author of The Muses of Gwinn: Art and Nature in a Gardens Designed by Warren H. Manning, Charles A. Platt, and Ellen Biddle Shipman (1995).
Patricia Osmond, Ph.D., is
the Consultant for Research and Development and the curator of the
archives at Villa Gamberaia. In 2002, she was guest editor for Studies
in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes, a special
issue devoted to the Villa Gambaraia.
John Pinto, Ph.D., is Howard
Crosby Butler Professor for the History of Architecture in the Department
of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University. He is the co-author
(with William Macdonald) of Hadrian’s Villa and its Legacy
Lucia Tongiorgi Tomasi, Ph.D., Professor
in the Dipartimento di Storia delle Arti dell’Universita di Pisa,
is an expert on Medici villas and gardens. She is co-author (with
Gretchen Hirschauer) of The Flowering of Florence: Botanical
Art for the Medici (2002).
Project Steering Committee
The steering committee consists of people who have experience either with new media applications, creating databases of visual resources collections, or using online content as a teaching tool.
Jeffrey Cohen, Ph.D.,
Senior Lecturer, Growth and Structure of the Cities Program; Director,
Digital Media and Visual Resources Center, Bryn Mawr College
Therese O’Malley, Ph.D., Landscape
historian and Associate Dean, Center for Advanced Studies in the
Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
Reuben Rainey, Ph.D., Professor,
Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Virginia
Ann Whiteside, MLS, Fine Arts
Librarian, University of Virginia, Former President of the Visual
The project staff is affiliated with the Bard Graduate Center and
works closely with the steering committee to reach decisions regarding
the appropriate metadata tags for images as well as all other matters
relating to the construction of the project website and its searchable
Johanna Bauman, Ph.D. (Project Director and Landscape Historian), Visual Media Curator, Bard Graduate Center
Erik de Jong, Ph.D. (Project
Advisor and Participating Scholar), Professor, Garden History and
Landscape Studies, Bard Graduate Center
Polly Giragosian (Project
Assistant), Assistant Curator of Visual Media Resources, Bard Graduate
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