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New Approaches to Piranesi: A Virtual Roundtable

New Approaches to Piranesi: A Virtual Roundtable
Event date: 16 July 2021

Join us on July 16 for a roundtable of lightning talks on interdisciplinary approaches to the works of Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-78). Recent scholarship by Heather Hyde Minor, Carolyn Yerkes, and Susan Dixon, as well as the current bestselling novel Piranesi by Susanna Clarke, have started to open the field of Piranesi Studies to new avenues of research and potentially wider audiences. This roundtable consists of two panels of short presentations of 5-7 minutes followed by ample time for discussion. Papers engage with a wide range of disciplinary fields and methods including globalism, reception, collecting, virtual reality, exhibition curation, book history, archaeology, history of design, and architecture. We hope the themes and format of the roundtable will encourage lively conversation and prompt new critical perspectives that will continue to broaden the interpretation of Piranesi’s works.

Organized by Jeanne Britton and Zoe Langer | Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections | University of South Carolina

Sponsored by HECAA (Historians of Eighteenth-Century Art & Architecture)

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Panel 1: 10:00am – 11:30am (EST)

Hélène Bremer (Art Historian and Independent Curator), “For the Love of the Master, 25 Artists Fascinated by Piranesi”

Erik Herrmann (Ohio State Univ.), “Another Campo Marzio”

Mireille Linck (Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen), “Watermark Research: The Beginning of a Research Tool”

Ari Lipkis (Tyler School of Art & Architecture), “Imprisoned in the Fold: Piranesi and the Video Artist”

Jason Porter (Univ. of South Carolina), “The Virtual Piranesi: New Methods of Immersive Literacy”
Carla Scagliosi (Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria), “Exploring ‘the Dark Brain of Piranesi’”

Panel 2: 1:00pm – 2:30pm (EST)

George Dodds (Univ. of Tennessee), “Giambattista Piranesi, Modernity, and the Continuous Avant-Garde”

Sara Hayat (School of the Art Institute of Chicago), “What We Can Learn from 18th-Century Global Histories of Architecture”

Helen Marodin (Univ. of South Carolina), “The Magnificence of Rome in the Carceri: Flashes of Light into Piranesi’s Shadowy Prisons”

Thomas Mical (India), “Scanning for Duration and Intensity in Piranesi’s Carceri”
Aleksander Musiał (Princeton Univ.), “Beyond the Capriccio: Piranesi’s Candelabra, Classical Transgression, and their Reception in Warsaw and St. Petersburg”
Kate Retford (Birkbeck, Univ. of London), “Piranesi and the Print Room”

Betsey Robinson (Vanderbilt Univ.), “Tunnel Visions: Rendering Conventions and Process at the Alban Lake”

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Relevant research areas: Baroque, 18th Century, Engraving

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