BSR Online Lecture | Piranesi at the BSR: Thomas Ashby’s curious Campo Marzio

THURSDAY 6 MAY, 18.00–19.30 CET

Clare Hornsby (BSR; Centro di Studi sulla Cultura e l’Immagine di Roma)

This event will take place via Zoom and requires advance registration. Please click here to reserve your place.

One of the most famous of the archaeological works of Giovanni Battista Piranesi, the Campo Marzio or Campus Martius (the volume normally has both Latin and Italian title pages and parallel text), was published in Rome in 1762. This talk discusses the special features of Thomas Ashby’s copy of the book in the BSR Library Rare Books Collection and introduces a new highlight on the BSR Digital Collections website which will enable online study of each page of the book including the magnificent Ichnographia – the map of the Campo Marzio area of Rome based on Piranesi’s classical and archaeological researches and stimulated by his fervent creative imagination.

Clare Hornsby is an art and architectural historian formerly assistant director at the British School of Rome. She works on the 18th century, specialising in the Grand Tour and the antiquities markets between Rome and Britain. She published the book Digging and Dealing in 18th century Rome in 2010 with the late Ilaria Bignamini. With Mario Bevilacqua, director of the Centro di Studi sulla Cultura e l’Immagine di Roma, she is currently editing a volume of essays on Cardinal Alessandro Albani which will be published at the end of this year. As Research Fellow at BSR and working again with Mario Bevilacqua in partnership with the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Roma and the Académie de France Villa Medici, she is organising the postponed celebrations for the 300th anniversary of the birth of Giovanni Battista Piranesi in 1720, taking the form of a three day international conference online, 19-21 May, the second day of which will be hosted by BSR.