Color portrait of the head and shoulders of Elizabeth Rodini, facing forward and standing in front of a bookshelf

Elizabeth Rodini

July 1, 2019–June 30, 2022
Andrew Heiskell Arts Director, American Academy in Rome

Elizabeth Rodini comes to the Academy from Johns Hopkins University, where she was founding director of the interdisciplinary Program in Museums and Society (2006), has taught in the Department of the History of Art since 2004, and is currently Fellow by Courtesy. Her scholarship focuses on early modern Venice and its relationships with the eastern Mediterranean, including the Islamic world. She is particularly interested in the mobility of objects and their afterlives, how they were collected and interpreted long after they were made. Rodini has recently completed a book on Gentile Bellini’s portrait of Sultan Mehmet II that uses its historical trajectory to explore a series of art historical matters, ranging from the definition of “portrait” to Orientalist practices of collecting, to the origins of national patrimony in Italy.