The Piranesi Effect

The Piranesi Effect

This book publishes a conference convened by the Australian Institute of Art History in February 2014 on the global impact of Piranesi: Piranesi and the Impact of the Late Baroque, presented in collaboration with the State Library of Victoria and the Baillieu Library, the University of Melbourne.

The Piranesi Effect
Edited by Kerrianne Stone and Dr Gerard Vaughan AM

The work of Italian printmaker Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778) has captivated artists, architects and designers for centuries. Although contemporary Australia is a long way from eighteenth-century Rome, it is home to substantial collections of his works, the largest being at the State Library of Victoria and the University of Melbourne.The Piranesi Effect is a collection of exquisitely illustrated essays on the impact of Piranesi’s work throughout the years.

The book brings together Australian and international experts who investigate Piranesi’s world and its connections to the study of art and the practice of artists today. From curators and art historians, to contemporary artists like Bill Henson and Ron McBurnie, the contributors each bring their own passion and insight into the work of Piranesi, illuminating what it is about his work that still inspires such wonder.

Speakers included:

  • His Excellency Pier Francesco Zazo, The Italian Ambassador to Australia
  • Professor Luigi Ficacci Emeritus Soprintendete of Bologna
  • Professor Jaynie Anderson, Director AIAH, Herald Chair of Fine Art, the University of Melbourne
  • Dr Colin Holden, Senior Fellow of the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, the University of Melbourne
  • Warren Andrews, the University of Sydney, Art History and Film Studies, PhD candidate
  • Philip Kent, State Librarian, the University of Melbourne
  • Associate Professor David Marshall, the University of Melbourne
  • Professor Gerard Vaughan, Gerry Higgins Professorial Fellow, AIAH, the University of Melbourne
  • Shane Carmody, Senior Development Manager, University Library, the University of Melbourne
  • Kerrianne Stone, Special Collections Curatorial Assistant (Prints), the University of Melbourne
  • Mary Kisler, Curator, Auckland Art Gallery
  • Associate Professor Robert Gaston, the University of Melbourne
  • Ron McBurnie, Contemporary Artist, Lecturer James Cook University
  • Professor Paolo Tombesi, Chair in Construction, Faculty of Architecture, the University of Melbourne
  • Jane Clark, Curator, MONA
  • Dr Susanne Meurer,University of Western Australia
  • John Nicholas Weretka, the University of Melbourne, PhD candidate
  • Bill Henson, Contemporary Artist

Available for purchase through NewSouth Books

Hardback Aug 2015 NewSouth 9781742234267 336pp GEN AUD$59.99, NZD$72.99