"Piranesi and the Lost City" - Heather Hyde Minor (University of Illinois School of Architecture Urbana-Champaign)
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 4:30pm in 104 Bond Hall
Giovanni Battista Piranesi's Great Map of Ancient Rome, his Campus Martius, which he published in 1762, offers a rich reconstruction of the city. His contemporaries would have been immediately familiar with his chosen subject, the Campus Martius, or Field of Mars, as the low-lying plain that sat outside Rome proper in ancient times. This talk will consider exactly how Piranesi used visual and written evidence to reconstruct Rome.