John Pinto is Howard Crosby Butler Memorial Professor of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University, where he became Emeritus professor in 2013. He obtained his PhD from Harvard University in 1976, and has received fellowships from the Bibliotheca Hertziana and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, among others. His research field is centred upon the study of architecture, landscape architecture and urbanism in the city of Rome, with a specific focus on the Eighteenth century; he has worked extensively on the reception and critical fortune of Roman architecture and classical antiquity in the designs and theoretical works of modern protagonists, specifically concerning Giovanni Battista Piranesi. He has explored the imagery of Rome and the historical legacy of the Hadrian's Villa, which he also presented in a conference held in 2015 at Politecnico di Milano, Mantova Campus, within the UNESCO Chair in Architectural Preservation and Planning in World Heritage Cities program.
Pinto, John A. Speaking Ruins: Piranesi, Architects and Antiquity in Eighteenth-Century Rome. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2012.
Pinto, John A. Steps off the Beaten Path: Nineteenth-Century Photographs of Rome and Its Environs. Milano: Charta, 2007.
Pinto, John A., and William L. MacDonald. Hadrian's Villa and Its Legacy. New Haven; London: Yale University Press, 1995.