The Building of a Symbolic Image: The Juxtaposition of Giambattista Piranesi’s Vedute Di Roma with Photographs Taken 250 Years Later

Langenbach, Randolph (2008) The Building of a Symbolic Image: The Juxtaposition of Giambattista Piranesi’s Vedute Di Roma with Photographs Taken 250 Years Later. In: 16th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Finding the spirit of place – between the tangible and the intangible’, 29 sept – 4 oct 2008, Quebec, Canada. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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This paper discuss the making of, The Piranesi Project, a Stratigraphy of Views of Rome, a slide-video showing the engravings of Giambattista Piranesi juxtaposed with photographs of the same views today. When artists interpret and present views of historic sites in their works, the best of them can contribute to the “spirit of place” experienced at the sites themselves if their work becomes known and endures over time. Piranesi is indisputably such an artist. The creation of digital photographs of the same views as Piranesi’s famous Veduta revealed a great deal about how Piranesi composed his images in ways that can be difficult to see any other way – showing both his uncanny accuracy in rendering the monumental ruins, while also showing how he managed both to isolate and highlight the essence of each place – essentially creating a single image that so fully captured each place that this image has often remained imbued on people’s consciousness across generations.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
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Langenbach, RandolphUNSPECIFIED
Languages: English
Keywords: spirit of place; photographs; Giovanni Battista Piranesi
Subjects: F.SCIENTIFIC TECHNIQUES AND METHODOLOGIES OF CONSERVATION > 41. Photographic surveys
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 09. Historic buildings
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Roma, Italy
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2010 14:37
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:12
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