Victor Plahte Tschudi



Victor Plahte Tschudi is a professor in architectural history and theory at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. He teaches and writes on architecture from antiquity to the present with a special interest in the mediation and transformation of buildings in print. Tschudi is the author of Baroque Antiquity: Archaelogical Imagination in Early Modern Europe (2017) and is currently writing a book on Piranesi and the modern age.

Tschudi received a Dr. art. from the University of Oslo, a MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, and did his post-doctoral project, The City Edited, at the Norwegian Institute in Rome. He is a member of the advisory board for the Nordic Network of Renaissance Studies (NNRS) and is currently the head of OCCAS.


Monographs and edited books

Piranesi and the Modern Age. Princeton: Princeton University Press (forthcoming)

Baroque Antiquity: Archaeological Imagination in Early Modern Europe. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017.

From Site to Sight: The Transformation of Place in Art and Literature, edited and with an introduction by Victor Plahte Tschudi and Turid Karlsen Seim. Rome: Scienze e Lettere, 2013.

Arkitekturdepoter: Stavkirkeportaler og Piranesistikk, edited and with an introduction by Mari Lending and Victor Plahte Tschudi. Oslo: AHO, 2013.

Brevkunstneren: Christian Skredsvig i Roma og Paris.Oslo:Dreyers Forlag, 2009 

Ashes to Ashes: Art in Rome between Humanism and Maniera, edited by Roy T. Eriksen and Victor Plahte Tschudi. Rome: Edizioni dell’Ateneo, 2006.


Selected articles

‘The Temple, the Double, and Its Triple Identities,’ Future Anterior, vol. 15, no. 2 (2019), guest editor Mechtild Widrich (forthcoming)

‘Two Sixteenth-Century Guidebooks and the Bibliotopography of Rome,’ in Topos and Topography, edited by Anna Blennow and Stefano Fogelbeg Rota (forthcoming).

‘Bibliotopography’ in The Printed and the Built: Architecture, Print Culture and Public Debate in the Nineteenth Century, edited by Mari Hvattum and Anne Hultzsch, 145–50.  London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018.

‘Piranesi, Failed Photographer,’ AA Files, 75, (2017): 150–151.

‘Verdensgalleriet og kunstens tilblivelse’, in Nasjonalgalleriet, edited by Audun Eckhoff, 90–119. Oslo: Fagbokforlaget, 2017.

‘Goethe in the Hall and His Journeys in a Printed Rome’, Architectural Histories 3, no 1 (2015). Special Collection Building Word Image: Printing Architecture 1800-1950, art. 21.

‘Miniature Cities’, in Modelling Time: The Permanent Collection 1925–2014, edited by Mari Lending and Mari Hvattum, 157–58. Oslo: Torpedo Press, 2014.

‘Heavenly Jerusalem in Baroque Architectural Theory’, in Visual Constructs  of Jerusalem,edited by Bianca Kühnel, Galit Noga-Banai, and Hannah Vorholt, 179–85. Turnhout: Brepols, 2014.

‘Negotiating Time’, in Place and Displacement: Exhibiting Architecture, edited by Thordis Arrhenius, Mari Lending, Wallis Miller, Jérémie McGowan, 171–82. Zürich: Lars Müller Publishers, 2014.

‘Gjenoppdagelsen av Piranesi som grafiker’, in Førti år for faget: festskrift til Sidsel Helliesen på 70-års dagen, edited by Kari Greve, Ellen J. Lerberg, Nils Messel, Bodil Sørensen, Møyfrid Tveit, 48–56. Oslo: Labyrinth Press, 2014.

‘Recollecting Prints: Remembrance and Reproduction in Goethe’s Italian Journey’, in From Site to Sight: The Transformation of Place in Art and Literature, edited by Victor Plahte Tschudi and Turid Karlsen Seim, 139–63. Rome: Scienze e Lettere, 2013.

‘Plaster Empires: Italo Gismondi’s Model of Rome’, The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians71, no. 3 (September 2012): 388–405.

‘Ancient Rome in the Age of Copyright: The privilegioand Printed Reconstructions’, Acta ad Archaeologiam et Artium Historiam Pertinentiae 25 (2012): 177–194.

‘Maleri som Modell i Berninis Louvre’, in Kopi & original:Inversjoner i opprinnelsestenkningens historie, edited by Karin Gundersen and Mari Lending, 113–30. Oslo: Scandinavian Academic Press, 2011.

‘The Return of the Living Dead: Antikke Statuer i Renessansens Roma’, Agora, no. 3 (2010): 22–33.

‘Tampering with Temples: Antiquity in the Catholic Reformation’, in Imitation, Representation and Printing in the Italian Renaissance, edited by Roy T. Eriksen and Magne Malmanger, 291–304. Rome: Fabrizio Serra Editore, 2009.

‘Palatin som Forbilde fra Ligorio til Linstow’, inAntikken i ettertiden, edited by Mathilde Skoie and Gert Vestreim, 95–108. Oslo: Universitetsforlaget, 2009.

‘Serlio and Sabbioneta: A City Built in Prints’, in Rhetoric, Theatre and the Arts of Design, edited by Clare L. Guest, 108–25. Oslo: Novus, 2008.

‘The shape of space: An Interpretation of the Term ‘area’ in Alberti’s De Re aedificatoria’, in Ashes to Ashes: Art in Rome between Humanism and Maniera, edited by Roy T. Eriksen and Victor Plahte Tschudi, 41–47. Rome: Edizioni dell’Ateneo, 2006.


Originally posted Jan 16, 2013. Latest revision May 4, 2021.

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