UMass Boston

Lorenzo Buonanno

Associate Professor

Areas of Expertise

Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture


PhD, Columbia University, 2014

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Lorenzo G. Buonanno specializes in the art of Venice. In his recent work he has examined the principles of making and viewing Venetian Renaissance sculpture, as well as its unusual critical fortune. He is interested in the ways in which artists interact professionally and translate ideas across media, the interplay between technical and intellectual processes in the creation of works of art, and the ways in which viewers react to different object types.

Professor Buonanno has presented papers and lectures in the United States and Europe, and has organized numerous conference sessions dedicated to early modern sculpture and to Venetian art. His research has been supported by grants and fellowships from Columbia University, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and the Renaissance Society of America. His first book, The Performance of Sculpture in Renaissance Venice, was published in 2022. He is currently also Chair of the Catherine Scott Frisone Center for Italian Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston, in Memory of John. B. Frisone. His current projects include: essays on the historiography of Venetian art, an edited volume on altar and altarpieces in the "Venetian Mediterranean," and studies on climate, environment, and the destruction of fresco painting in Venice.