Etchings of 18th-century Rome and ancient Italian ruins will be on display at the Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery at Lebanon Valley College from March 5 through April 25. Piranesi: The Grandeur of Ancient Rome is free and open to the public, including the opening reception on Friday, March 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. In conjunction with the exhibition, Robin Thomas, assistant professor of art history at The Pennsylvania State University, will present a free, public lecture, “To Protect and To Serve: Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s Rome.” His talk will be on Monday, March 29 at 5 p.m. in the Gallery’s Zimmerman Recital Hall.
Giovanni Battista Piranesi completed these etchings at the height of the Grand Tour when Rome was an intellectual center and popular tourist destination. Many of the over 40 works in the exhibition are from his Vedute di Roma (Views of Rome) series and demonstrate the artist’s dramatic use of light and perspective. Images of the Basilica of St. John the Lateran in Rome, Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli, the Temple of Pola in Istria, ancient amphitheaters, tombs, fountains, and bridges are featured. An etching from Piranesi’s famous Carceri d’invenzione (Imaginary Prisons) series is also included.
Piranesi considered himself to be an architect first and foremost, and his architectural projects and strong archaeological interests are reflected in his studies of building fragments and ornaments, a number of which are on display in the exhibition.
Piranesi: The Grandeur of Ancient Rome is a traveling exhibition organized by Blair-Murrah Exhibitions.
Gallery hours are Wednesdays from 5 to 8 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays from 1 to 4:30 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and by appointment for groups. Schools and other organizations are encouraged to contact the Gallery at 717-867-6445 or email@example.com for a guided visit.