22 Jan 2007 - 25 Feb 2007
2006 - 2007
In 18th-century Rome, the practice and production of art was a lively and profitable enterprise, capitalizing on the Eternal City's recent elevation to a fashionable tourist destination among the European cultural elite. The city's distinctive character and history informed the work of Roman artists throughout the 18th century. These are perhaps expressed nowhere so elegantly and so grandly as through the works of Giovanni Battista Piranesi. This exhibition presents prints by Piranesi in the Grinnell College Art Collection as well as works borrowed from the Art Institute of Chicago; the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College; the University of Iowa Museum of Art; the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Stanford University; and other private collections. The Exhibition Seminar was directed by Professor of Art Timothy Chasson.