- (ed. with Nino Zchomelidse), Meaning in Motion: the Semantics of Movement in Medieval Art, Princeton 2011.
- “Space, Images, and the Public at the Duomo of Fidenza: Movement as a Semiotic Code”, in Meaning in Motion: the Semantics of Movement in Medieval Art, ed. by Nino Zchomelidse and Giovanni Freni, Princeton 2011, pp. 95–130.
“From Terrific Death to the Angels’ Care: the Program of the Tomb of Antonio d’Orso and Francesco da Barberino”, Marburger Jahrbuch für Kunstwissenschaft, 36 (2009), pp. 7–32.
“The Setting of Rituals: Fourteenth-century Monuments in Arezzo Duomo”, The Sculpture Journal, 9 (2003), pp. 4–18.
- “The Aretine Polyptych by Pietro Lorenzetti: Patronage, Iconography and Original Setting”, Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, 63.2000 (2001), pp. 59–110.
Giovanni Freni currently works in the Photographic Collection of the Bibliotheca Hertziana - Max Planck Institute for Art History. He took his Laurea in Lettere Moderne at the Università degli Studi di Messina, and his MA and Ph.D. at the Courtauld Institute of Art with a thesis on Art Architecture and Patronage in Arezzo 1277–1400. He worked as a research assistant at the Courtauld Institute and as a research scholar at Princeton University. His research interests focus on civic art and the liturgical space, and the interaction of art, space and the public in the late Middle Ages in Central and Northern Italy.