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Piranesi in the Valley of the Uncanny

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  • UserProfessor Caroline van Eck (Department of History of Art, University of Cambridge)
  • ClockTuesday 14 November 2017, 17:45-19:15
  • HouseGatsby Room, Wolfson College.

If you have a question about this talk, please contact Dr Rachel E. Holmes.

Piranesi’s colossal candelabra were made in the 1770s from fragments found near Hadrian’s Villa near Tivoli. Some of them were sold for staggering sums to British collectors, but they have known abrupt reversals in appreciation, and even now are among the least studied of his works. In my talk I will address a prominent, but equally under-researched feature of them: their lifelike, if not animated appearance, and will consider this both from the perspective of ancient lamp-lore and modern psychology.

This talk is part of the Wolfson College Humanities Society talks series.

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