Margaret Haines

Margaret Haines

Senior Research Associate Emeritus
The Papal Apartments for Martin V and Eugenius IV at Santa Maria Novella


Long-term academic appointee at Villa I Tatti (Fellow 1975-6, Research Associate since 1986), art historian Margaret Haines (PhD Courtauld Institute 1975) has concentrated on studies in sculpture and the decorative arts and on the publication and interpretation of documentary sources for the early Florentine Renaissance, with special attention for matters of corporate patronage and the management of the worksite of the Florentine cathedral. Resident in Florence, she has held visiting faculty appointments at Princeton and Harvard University and has directed and curated the online edition of the sources of the Archive of the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore, Gli anni della Cupola.

Project Summary

The Florentine Commune commanded the well-organized Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore to transform the spacious west wing of the Dominican convent of S. Maria Novella into a worthy residence for Martin V in 1419-20 and Eugenius IV from 1434-6 and during the Council of Florence 1438 ff. I am reconstructing this vanished “reggia” and its use by pontiffs and their retinues in the light of the detailed documentation embedded in the Anni della Cupola and other contemporary sources.

I Tatti Appointments

Fellow: 1975-1976
Research Associate: 1987-2003
Senior Research Associate: 2003-2015
Senior Research Associate Emeritus