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Friday, May 23, 2008


The Magnificence of Rome and Giovanni Battista Piranesi


The Magnificence of Rome and Giovanni Battista PiranesiThe Istituto Italiano di Cultura, in collaboration with the Department of Italian of the University of Sydney, presents a lecture by Sarah Fiona Maclaren on The Magnificence of Rome and Giovanni Battista Piranesi. Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-78), renowned as the etcher of the Carceri (The Prisons) and the Vedute (Views) of Roman monuments, was also an archeologist, an architect, a designer and the author of many theoretical works, the most important of which is Della Magnificenza ed Architettura de’ Romani (Concerning Roman Magnificence and Architecture), 1761. Drawing on Piranesi’s text, the conference will focus on the notion of magnificence, which is crucial to understand both the graphic and theoretical works of the great Italian artist. Sarah Fiona Maclaren teaches Sociology at the Loyola University of Chicago Rome Center. The programme is in English.

Limited seating. Free entry. For information and booking, please call 9392-7939 or email



Date: Friday, May 23, 2008

Opening hours: At 6:30 pm

Location: Italian Institute of Culture in Sydney

organised by: Italian Institute of Culture in Sydney

in collaboration with: Department of Italian Studies, University of Sydney


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