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Vedute di Roma

January 22, 2013 Through May 26, 2013
In the Anne Greer and Fredric B. Garonzik Family Gallery

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Arco di Settimio Severo [The Arch of Septimius Severus] from the series Vedute di Roma [Views of Rome] (detail), 1759

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, 1720-1778)
Etching
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Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, 1720-1778), Arco di Settimio Severo [The Arch of Septimius Severus] from the series Vedute di Roma [Views of Rome], 1759

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Nuova Pianta di Roma (detail), 1748 Nolli map; 1795 Pronti prints

Giovanni Battista Nolli (Italian, 1701-1756); Domenico Pronti (Italian, active late 18th century)
Engraving on paper laid down on Japanese paper
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Giovanni Battista Nolli (Italian, 1701-1756); Domenico Pronti (Italian, active late 18th century), Nuova Pianta di Roma (detail), 1748 Nolli map; 1795 Pronti prints

This exhibition explores the multiplicity of views of Rome that appear in prints produced from the 16th to the 18th century.  Artists such as Giovanni Battista Piranesi captured the shifting balance between ancient and modern that defined the Eternal City as it went through three centuries of extensive changes. The transformation culminated in the redesigned early modern city so magnificently rendered by Giambattista Nolli in his 1748 map of Rome, also on view. The prints in this show examine a wide range of themes including burgeoning popular antiquarianism, the monumental construction projects sponsored by various popes, and the influence that the Grand Tourists who flocked to Italy from across the globe had on the art market.

Visit the University of Oregon's website that presents the Nolli map of Rome as a dynamic, interactive, hands-on tool.

Imago Urbis: Giuseppe Vasi’s Grand Tour of Rome
Antoine Lafrery's Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae