Faculty of ArtsAustralian Institute of Art History

Piranesi and the Impact of the Late Baroque

Thursday 27 & Friday 28 February 2014 | University of Melbourne

Melbourne Brain Centre
Kenneth Myer Building
University of Melbourne
Genetics Lane off Royal Parade

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The Australian Institute of Art History, in collaboration with the Baillieu Library and the State Library of Victoria will host a conference on Piranesi and the Impact of the Late Baroque on 27 and 28 February 2014 at the University of Melbourne.

The conference is conceived in relation to the exhibition, Rome: Piranesi's vision, 22 February - 22 June, 2014, State Library of Victoria,  and the related exhibition The Piranesi Effect, 20 February - 25 May, 2014, Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne.

The exhibition publication for Rome: Piranesi's vision at the State Library is Piranesi's grandest tour: from Europe to Australia and will be published 1 February 2014 by NewSouth Publishing in association with the State Library of Victoria.

If you would be interested in attending the public lecture Bill Henson on Piranesi on Thursday evening, 27 February 2014, please click here for further information and registration.


Francesco Piranesi from G.B Piranesi Opere varie, Vol. VIII. Paris: Francesco Piranesi, 1800-07

Prisoners on a Projecting Platform
Plate 10 from Carceri
Francesco Piranesi from G.B Piranesi Opere varie, Vol. VIII. Paris: Francesco Piranesi, 1800-07
Special Collections, Baillieu Library, University of  Melbourne

Both the University of Melbourne and the State Library have distinguished collections of Piranesi prints. Many of the bound volumes at the State Library were from the collection of George IV, while those from the Baillieu Library, were acquired from their first Australian owner, James Alipius Goold, Melbourne’s first Roman Catholic archbishop, an extensive book collector and foundation member of the University.

Speakers include:

His Excellency Pier Francesco Zazo, The Italian Ambassador to Australia
Professor Luigi Ficacci Emeritus Soprintendete of Bologna
Professor Jaynie Anderson, Director AIAH, Herald Chair of Fine Art, University of Melbourne
Dr Colin Holden, Senior Fellow of the School of Historical Studies
Warren Andrews, The University of Sydney, Art History and Film Studies, PhD candidate
Philip Kent, State Librarian, University of Melbourne
Associate Professor David Marshall, University of Melbourne
Professor Gerard Vaughan, Gerry Higgins Professorial Fellow, AIAH, University of Melbourne
Shane Carmody, Senior Development Manager, University Library, University of Melbourne
Kerrianne Stone, Special Collections Curatorial Assistant (Prints), University of Melbourne
Mary Kisler, Curator, Auckland Art Gallery
Associate Professor Robert Gaston, University of Melbourne
Ron McBurnie, Contemporary Artist, Lecturer James Cook University 
Professor Paolo Tombesi, Chair in Construction, Faculty of Architecture, University of Melbourne
Jane Clark, Curator, MONA
Dr Susanne Meurer,University of Western Australia
John Nicholas Weretka, University of Melbourne, PhD candidate
Bill Henson, Contemporary Artist

In collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Melbourne, there will be the opening on the 25th February of a photographic exhibition A Traveller’s dream: Piranesi’s Rome today on Giovan Battista Piranesi, with photos by Graziano Panfili, a multi-award winning Italian photographer, based near Rome, who specialises in social documentary, street and art photography.

Supported by,

State Library of Victoria             Italian Institute Culture Melbourne_web       

University of Melbourne Library              Ian Potter Museum    

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