Thursday Seminar: "Plundering printed Rome: Copyright and the manipulation of monuments in the sixteenth century"


Thursday, February 2, 2023, 6:00pm to 7:30pm


I Tatti

Speaker: Victor Plahte Tschudi (I Tatti/Oslo School of Architecture and Design)

In the hugely profitable print industry of the sixteenth-century, copyrights, or so-called privileges, offered an apparently effective protection for popular designs. But printmakers soon found ways to manipulate these designs in ways that constantly challenged the idea of a copy. The talk addresses how these creative deviations affected the image of ancient Rome and consequently the dissemination of architectural ideals.


Victor Plahte Tschudi is a professor in architectural history at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. He is honorary fellow of the Norwegian Institute in Rome and a member of the advisory board for the Nordic Network of Renaissance Studies. From 2012 to 2022 he served as head of The Oslo Centre for Critical Architectural Studies (OCCAS). Tschudi has written extensively on art history and architecture from the Renaissance to the present. His investigations have focused in particular on the impact of prints and print production on architectural culture at large. Tschudi’s recent books include Baroque Antiquity: Archaeological Imagination in Early Modern Europe (2017) and Piranesi and the Modern Age (2022).


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