Piranesi, Rome, and the Arts of Design
Scholars from around the country will offer their insights on the culture, times, and artistic concerns of Giambattista Piranesi. This symposium will be moderated by Dr. John Marciari, Curator of European Art and Head of Provenance Research, and followed by a 30-minute question and answer session between the three presenters. Presentations: Jeffrey L. Collins, Professor and Chair of Academic Programs, Bard Graduate Center Piranesi, Rome, and the Arts of Design brings to life several of Piranesi's designs and challenges the idea of Piranesi as a neoclassicist. By adding cultural and conceptual context to Piranesi's life and work, this lecture will explore his broader concerns and legacy. John Pinto, Howard Crosby Butler Memorial Professor of Art and Archeology, Princeton University Using his graphic work as a starting point, this lecture will explore Piranesi's variations on the theme of the fragment, his analytic strategies, and his visionary ability to bridge the gap between the past and the present, and between source and invention. Christopher M.S. Johns, Norman L. and Roselea J. Golberg Professor and Chair of the Department of Art, Vanderbilt University. Piranesi's views of Rome held an exceptionally high profile in Enlightenment Europe and influenced visitors' perceptions of the Eternal City, before and during their Grand Tours. This lecture will explore the connection between word, image, and reality, comparing the disconnect between scholars' and tourists' experiences and perceptions of Rome during the mid 18th-century. Admission 10 dollars members, students, military, and seniors, 15 dollars nonmembers.