Panofsky Lecture: Caroline van Eck



von 18:15 bis 20:00




Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Lesesaal Bibliothek, 1.OG, Katharina-von-Bora-Straße 10, 80333 München

Termin übernehmen

Piranesi and his Museum. Style Formation, Agency and the Revival of Antiquity in the Age of Neo-Classicism


Usually the development or change of styles is considered as a process directed by persons: the artist, the patron, and sometimes intended audience or public. I will consider a radically different perspective on style formation, taking as a starting point the presence and agency of artefacts. Inspired by recent innovative concepts in archaeology,  and psychology, I will focus on the decades around 1800, and will reconstruct how the new object scapes that came into being in Rome and Paris, as a result of the massive migration of objects caused by the political upheavals of the period 1789-1815, shaped the formation of Neo-Classicism. Equally inspired by recent psychological and anthropological theories of human-thing entanglement, I will look at explanations of style formation that go beyond traditional artistic or aesthetic considerations. The laboratory for this investigation will be Piranesi's Museo, the artefacts that were created there, and their biographies.