Bio


Fabio originally trained as an architect and his research and teaching still gravitates to this art form, although he is deeply interested in painting and sculpture of all periods as well as archaeology. Much of his published research has concentrated on artistic production in Rome, particularly Baroque architecture, treating themes from liturgy to light metaphysics. His most recent work, published or in press, has been on medieval and antique subjects, particularly sculpture. An ongoing interest, the subject of his PhD, is the imagery of marble in the visual arts and literature from antiquity until the age of enlightenment, in which he attempts to identify the evocative qualities of materials (the “Material Imagination”) before the era of mass production and standardisation distanced materials from the realm of nature and myth.

Academic Appointments


  • Assistant Professor, Art & Art History

2019-20 Courses


Stanford Advisees


  • Doctoral Dissertation Reader (AC)
    Juan Melo, Danny Smith, Maria Terss, Lora Webb
  • Orals Chair
    Dana Phelps
  • Doctoral Dissertation Advisor (AC)
    Alexandria Brown-Hedjazi, Graylin Harrison, Erik Yingling

All Publications


  • The Pediment of the Pantheon. Problems and Possibilities Scritti in onore di Lucos Cozza. Lexicon Topographicum Urbis Romae - Supplementum VII Barry, F. edited by Coates-Stephens, R., Cozza, L. Rome: Quasar. 2014: 89–105
  • The House of the Rising Sun: Luminosity and Sacrality from Domus to Ecclesia Hiertopy of Light and Fire in the Culture of the Byzantine World Berry, F. edited by Lidov, A. Moscow: Pheorer. 2013: 82–104
  • The Mouth of Truth and the Forum Boarium: Oceanus, Hercules, and Hadrian ART BULLETIN Barry, F. 2011; 93 (1): 7-37
  • A Whiter Shade of Pale: Relative and Absolute White in Roman Sculpture and Architecture Revival and Invention: sculpture through its material histories Barry, F. edited by Clerbois, S., Droth, M. New York: Peter Lang. 2011: 31–62
  • Disecta membra: Ranieri Zeno, the Imitation of Constantinople, the Spolia Style, and Justice at San Marco San Marco, Byzantium, and the Myths of Venice Barry, F. edited by Maguire, H., Nelson, R. Washington DC: Dumbarton Oaks. 2010: 7–62
  • ‘Onward Christian Soldiers’: Piranesi at S. Maria del Priorato L’Aventino in età moderna. Dal Rinascimento ai nostri giorni Barry, F. edited by Bevilacqua, M., Cavallero, D. G. Rome: Artemide. 2010: 140–160
  • Sculpture in Painting/Painting in Sculpture: C. 1485 – C. 1660 Sculpture in Painting Barry, F. edited by Curtis, P. Leeds: Henry Moore Foundation. 2009: 13–19
  • Walking on water: Cosmic floors in antiquity and the middle ages Symposium of Colored Marbles in the Visual Arts and Literature from Antiquity until the Enlightenment Barry, F. COLLEGE ART ASSOC. 2007: 627-?
  • 'Rinovare, anzichè ristorare': Piranesi Architetto La Roma di Piranesi. La città del Settecento nelle Grandi Vedute Barry, F. edited by Bevilacqua, M., Sassoli, M. G. Rome: Artemide. 2006: 91–121
  • Lux and Lumen: Real and Represented Light in Baroque Architecture Kritische Berichte Barry, F. 2002; 4: 22-37
  • ‘Pray to thy Father which is in secret:’ the Tradition of coretti, romitorii and Lanfranco’s Hermit Cycle at the Palazzo Farnese Barocke Inszenierung. Akten des Internationalen Forschungscolloquiums an der Technischen Universität Berlin, Zurich/Emsdetten Barry, F. edited by Neumeyer, F., Imorde, J., Weddigen, T. 1999: 191–221
  • "Building History": the Baroque remodellings of S.-Anastasia-al-Palatino STORIA DELL ARTE Barry, F. 1999: 45-102
  • Roman Apartheid? The Counter-Reformation Ghettoes Daidalos Barry, F. 1996; 59: 18-31