BSR Online Lecture | Round temples before the Pantheon

THURSDAY 22 APRIL, 18.00–19.30 CET

W.T.C. Walker Lecture


Fabio Barry (Stanford)

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The Temple of Vesta was reconstructed as a rotunda in third century BC. Over the next two hundred years, three temples to Hercules in Rome were built as tholoi, one to Fortune, and lastly the Pantheon. Why were temples round at all and why did the form suit Hercules? Did these temples have domes, and if so, how would they have been ornamented?

Fabio Barry is assistant professor in the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford University. Much of his work has concentrated on artistic production in Rome, particularly Baroque architecture, treating themes from liturgy to light metaphysics. However, he is deeply interested in painting and sculpture of all periods as well as archaeology. His book Painting in Stone Architecture and the Poetics of Marble from Antiquity to the Enlightenment (Yale University Press 2020) won the 2021 PROSE Award in Architecture and Urban Studies from the Association of American Publishers. He is currently writing a book on the global history of the dome, from its origins to its future.