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Italian Culture Event Features 18th Century Art from Special Collections

Prints by 18th Century Italian architect and engraver Giovanni Battista Piranesi will be featured at an event to commemorate the Year of Italian Culture in the United States on October 21, 2013, from 6-8 pm at UNC Charlotte Center City. The works are part of UNC Charlotte’s art collection on permanent display in J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections.
The evening will include a reception and a talk by Jeff Balmer, assistant professor in the School of Architecture in UNC Charlotte’s College of Arts + Architecture, entitled, “Stages of the Imagination: Piranesi and the drama of Rome.” The event is free and open to the public; however registration is requested by emailing Complimentary parking is provided for the first 50 people to register.
The event is organized by Daniela Cunico Dal Pra, lecturer in Italian, Department of Languages and Culture Studies in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at UNC Charlotte, and J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections. Sponsors include the Honorary Consul of Italy for North Carolina, the Chancellor’s Diversity Challenge Fund, the Department of Languages and Culture Studies, and the J. Murrey Atkins Library at UNC Charlotte.
An Italian etcher, archaeologist, designer, theorist, and architect, Giovanni Battista Piranesi was born in Venice. His prints and drawings reveal his talent for combining dramatic perspectives and architectural fantasies. He began etching inventive views of ancient ruins and modern Roman structures, images that brought him great popularity, and later began a series of etchings of fantastic prison interiors. The pieces chosen for the event are from Piranesi’s Views of Rome (Vedute di Roma) series which began appearing in 1748 and includes 135 plates produced before the artist's death thirty years later. Most of the prints are in the second, third, and fourth states, indicating that they were reprinted by Piranesi.