Roman Splendor: Eighteenth-Century Art, Design and Culture in the Eternal City

Parsons School of Design: Art/Design Hist & Theory

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Roman Splendor

Fall 2018

Taught By: Tracy Ehrlich

Section: A

CRN: 7670

Credits: 3

The year 2018 is the 250th anniversary of the death of Johann Joachim Winckelmann, the German antiquarian and scholar who arrived in Rome in 1758 and lit the theoretical match that ignited the Graeco-Roman controversy. In this course, we will examine Rome as a cultural entrepôt in the eighteenth century. In 1733 the first public art museum of Europe was founded on the Capitoline hill, its collection of antiquities one of the climactic destinations of the eternal city. In 1769 the Museo Pio-Clementino followed at the Vatican. Even as the political power of the papacy waned, the cultural power of antiquity grew, attracting gentlemen on the Grand Tour as well as the leading designers of the day, including the Venetian Giovanni Battista Piranesi. Rome was one of the most productive centers of material culture in the eighteenth-century, from palaces and villas decorated with splendid interior schemes, furnishings in precious woods and marbles, to fountains, festivals, carriages and churches brimming with metalwork in silver and gold. We will pay particular attention to innovations in Roman drawing and printmaking and will include multiple visits to New York area collections rich in the work of Piranesi, Carlo Marchionni, Giuseppe Barberi, and Luigi Valadier. The course will conclude with a visit to the Frick exhibition on Valadier, opening late in the autumn.

Open to: All university graduate degree students. Pre-requisite(s): none.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art/Design Hist & Theory (PGHT)

Campus: Parsons Dec Arts Cooper Hewitt (PD)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 15

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 4:45am 2/21/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:00pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 8/30/2018 - 12/13/2018