Daniel McReynolds specializes in early modern architectural history. His current research focuses on how the archaeological exploration of the ancient world and increasingly frequent encounters with non-Western cultures together led architects of the Enlightenment to question the prevailing holistic view of antiquity and the assumptions upon which it was based. McReynolds received his M.A. in art history from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2002 and his M.A. and Ph.D. in art and archaeology from Princeton University in 2009. He has been awarded fellowships by the American Academy in Rome and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. His book, Palladio’s Legacy: Architectural Polemics in Eighteenth-Century Venice, published in 2011, was awarded the James Ackerman Prize in the History of Architecture by the Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura “Andrea Palladio.”
McReynolds teaches a wide range of courses, including a survey of architectural history from prehistory to the present, as well as more specialized courses dealing with architectural history from the medieval period to the eighteenth century.
He is currently working on a book on the Quarrel of the Ancients and Moderns that explores how polemics related to historiography, archaeology, identity, and scientific progress helped to shape architectural theory and practice in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century France and Italy.
“Sir Henry Wotton and Venice,” in `The Image of Venice in Early Stuart England: Perception, Representation, Interpretation, edited by Deborah Howard and Henrietta McBurney Ryan (Paul Holberton Publishing), forthcoming.
Book review of Baldassare Longhena and Venetian Baroque Architecture, by Andrew Hopkins, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, forthcoming.
“Padova,” in Storia dell’architettura nel Veneto: Il Settecento, edited by Guido Beltramini, Elisabeth Kieven, and Susanna Pasquali (Marsilio and the Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio, 2012).
Palladio’s Legacy: Architectural Polemics in Eighteenth-Century Venice (Marsilio and the Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio, 2011).
“Funzione e rappresentazione: Andrea Memmo e il Palazzo Bailaggio a Costantinopoli,” in Da Longhena a Selva: Un’idea di Venezia a dieci anni dalla scomparsa di Elena Bassi, edited by Martina Franck (ArchetipoLibri, 2011).
“Restoring the Teatro Olimpico: Palladio’s Contested Legacy,” Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome 53 (2008).
Exhibition review of “Steps off the Beaten Path: Nineteenth-Century Photographs of Rome and Its Environs,” American Academy in Rome, 2008, in Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 67 (2008).