Morgan Ng is Assistant Professor of the History of Art at Yale University. His research is committed to understanding early modern creative practices in all their diversity—probing forgotten interconnections between architecture, visual culture, craft, and the technical arts. Above all, he strives to recuperate the complex modes of spatial thinking, perception, and imagination that related the pictorial arts, the design of buildings and landscapes, and machine and infrastructural engineering. Although focused on fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Italy, his writing and teaching also draw links to northern Europe and the wider world.
Among his chief ambitions is to uncover and interpret the “deep” formal-structural kinships that unite artifacts apparently distinct in style and function. This project motivates his forthcoming book, which traces the close morphological affinities between military architecture and other spheres of sixteenth-century art and design: gardens, palaces, and urban infrastructure.