Kristoffer Neville

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Associate Professor
Ph.D., Princeton University

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Kristoffer Neville’s work focuses on the early modern culture in northern Europe, and particularly on the integration into a more coherent and synthetic history of art of regions and traditions that often been seen as distinct. He has recently completed a book on the cultural history and significance of the courts in Copenhagen and Stockholm within northern Europe ca 1550-1720, and is beginning work on a new project on topography as a basis for history writing, with particular focus on its significance for the formation of architectural history. Other ongoing interests include architecture around 1700, prints and publishing, and early architectural literature.


Princeton University, Department of Art and Archaeology, Ph.D. 2007.

Areas of specialization: Early modern painting, sculpture, and (especially) architecture. Cultural contacts and cultural transfer. Northern Europe, ca 1500-1800.

Nicodemus Tessin the Elder. Architecture in Sweden in the Age of Greatness. Turnhout: Brepols, 2009.

“Royal and Roman in the Rebuilding of Berlin ca. 1700” Visual Acuity and the Arts of Communication in Early Modern Germany, ed Jeffrey Chipps Smith. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2014: 201-219.

“Johan Gregor van der Schardt and Frederik II of Denmark” The Sculpture Journal 22 (2013): 21-32.

“Suecia antiqua et hodierna. The Life of a Topographical Viewbook in the Eighteenth Century” Print Quarterly 30 (2013): 395-408.

“The Land of the Goths and Vandals. The Visual Presentation of Gothicism at the Swedish Court, 1550-1700” Renaissance Studies 27 (2013): 435-459.

“Christian IV’s Italianates. Sculpture at the Danish Court” Reframing the Danish Renaissance. Problems and Prospects in a European Perspective, ed Michael Andersen, Birgitte Bøggild Johannsen, and Hugo Johannsen. Copenhagen: The National Museum of Denmark, 2011: 335-345.

“Fischer von Erlach’s Entwurff einer historischen Architectur before 1720” Wiener Jahrbuch für Kunstgeschichte 59 (2010): 87-101.

“Gothicism and Early Modern Historical Ethnography” Journal of the History of Ideas 70 (2009): 213-234.

“The Early Reception of Fischer von Erlach’s Entwurff einer historischen Architectur” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 66 (2007): 154-169.

NicodemusTessinNicodemus Tessin the Elder. Architecture in Sweden in the Age of Greatness
2009, Brepols Publishers
Kristoffer Neville, author

Nicodemus Tessin the Elder was an architect, gentleman, and founder of the artistic dynasty that was immensely influential at the Swedish court in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. He was architect to the crown, to the nobility, and to the city of Stockholm, and he supplied buildings for a wide range of functions, from palaces to banks, courthouses, and fortifications. His unusually extensive travels in the Netherlands, Italy, France and Germany provided him with a comprehensive picture of contemporary European architecture, which he drew on as he synthesized a new group of buildings that would attract international attention as models for princely architecture. His productivity required a new approach to architecture, and he was part of the first generation of architects in northern Europe to develop the architectural studio, distinguishing the design process from the business of building, and in the process recreating himself as the modern architect.