Curatorial Lecture Series: Amber Ludwig: The Real and the Imagined: 18th-Century Etchings by Piranesi
Wednesday Apr 10 04:00 PM
Doris Duke Theatre
About the Lecture:
Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778) was a prolific Italian printmaker whose work ranged from topographical vedute of ancient Roman ruins imbued with picturesque nostalgia to darkly imaginative capricci of prisons that show the depth of his creative mind. Though the artist worked primarily in etching and engraving, Piranesi first and foremost considered himself an architect, and his architectural sensibility is evident in much of his graphic work. Dr. Ludwig will offer an overview of the museum’s two series of Piranesi etchings on view this year—Views of Rome (March 7-July 7) and Imaginary Prisons (August 1-November 10).
Amber Ludwig is the Curatorial Assistant for the Department of European and American Art at the Honolulu Museum of Art. She received her Ph.D. in Art and Architectural History from Boston University in 2011, and her academic research has focused on topics ranging from 18th-century portraits of women to the circulation of printed fans in early19 th-century Europe. Prior to coming to the Honolulu Museum of Art, Amber held fellowships at the British Museum, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, among others.
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