CONFERENCE: Piranesi, Paestum, and Soane

Fri November 13th 2015, 9:15am - 4:00pm
Event Sponsor
Cantor Arts Center, Department of Art & Art History
CAC Auditorium/McMurtry room 350
CONFERENCE: Piranesi, Paestum, and Soane

On the occasion of the exhibition at the Cantor Arts Center, Piranesi’s Paestum: Master Drawings Uncovered (August 19, 2015–January 4, 2016), this symposium brings together an international gathering of experts in the field to discuss theoretical issues revolving around Piranesi’s drawings of Paestum and the architect who would eventually acquire them, Sir John Soane. The topics range from the European debate over authenticity in architecture and the differing visions of its primitive origins, as various exemplified in the Greek and Etruscan antecedents, to Soane’s own engagement with Piranesi through his architectural designs and drawings of Paestum, to he influence of Piranesi early American architecture and urban planning.


9:15 - 9:45am Coffee Reception, CAC Auditorium

9:45 - 10:00am Welcome: Alexander Nemerov

11:45am Morning Session, CAC Auditorium:

Heather Hyde Minor, University of Notre Dame

Maartin Delbeke, University of Ghent

1:00 - 2:45pm Afternoon Session, McMurtry room 350:

Mark Rakatansky, Columbia University

Mario Bevilacqua, University of Florence

3:00 - 4:00pm Reception, McMurtry

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