Piranesi @300 International conference | 19 – 21 May 2021

Friday 21 May 2021: day of conference organized at the Villa Medici
Conference open to the public
In the light of the current sanitary situation, the conference will be held online 
The languages of the conference are English, Italian and French

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Centro Studi Cultura e Immagine di Roma/Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale
Istituto Centrale per la Grafica
The British School at Rome
French Academy in Rome – Villa Medici

The conference is organized by Mario Bevilacqua, Clare Hornsby and Francesca Alberti.

Following the celebrations of the 300th anniversary of the birth of Giovanni Battista Piranesi, this conference aims to reveal new aspects of his life and works, their contexts and critical fortune and we are seeking proposals for a comparison of interdisciplinary themes and innovative methodologies.

Scientific committee:
Francesca Alberti (French Academy in Rome – Villa Medici), Fabio Barry (Stanford University), Mario Bevilacqua (Università degli Studi di Firenze, CSCIR), Clare Hornsby (British School at Rome), Giorgio Marini (Ministero della Cultura), Heather Hyde Minor (Notre Dame Rome), Susanna Pasquali (La Sapienza Roma), Frank Salmon (Cambridge University), Giovanna Scaloni (Istituto Centrale per la Grafica).


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19th May– Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Roma

20th May– British School at Rome

21st May– Académie de France à Rome – Villa Médicis

Conference “Piranèse, ruine des ruines” with Alain Schnapp
Friday, May 21, at 6pm (free event)
Conference in French


Advance booking required:

→ To attend the conference on site (limited seats, doors opening at 5:30 pm): reservation required at this link
→ To follow the conference live on Zoom: reservation at this link

Alain Schnapp is professor emeritus of archaeology at the University of Paris I and researcher at the Maison de l’archéologie et de l’ethnologie Paris I / Paris Ouest / CNRS. His work focuses on the archaeology of Greek cities, iconography and the history of archaeology. He has taught at many European and American universities and was the first Director General of INHA. He is the author of numerous publications including Une histoire universelle des ruines published in 2020 by Editions du Seuil.

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