ESALA AHT Seminar Series | Richard Wittman

Tue Apr 02 2024 at 05:15 pm to 06:30 pm

Elliot Seminar Room, Minto House (MIN_2.403) | Edinburgh

Edinburgh College of Art
Publisher/HostEdinburgh College of Art
ESALA AHT Seminar Series | Richard Wittman
Roman Architecture 1800-1850: An Alternative Modernity
About this Event

Join us for the Architectural History & Theory Seminar Series for 2023/24.

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About Richard Wittman

Richard Wittman is Professor in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is the author of Rebuilding St. Paul's Outside the Walls: Architecture and the Catholic Revival in the Nineteenth Century (Cambridge University Press, 2024; Italian edition, Viella, 2023). His first book was Architecture, Print Culture, and the Public Sphere in Eighteenth-Century France (Routledge, 2007; French trans. 2019).

About this talk

Admirers and critics alike of Catholic theocracy have long conspired in perpetuating an image of early nineteenth-century Rome as a stubborn bulwark against all things modern. Rome figures in histories of nineteenth-century architecture, if at all, mainly as an inert backdrop for the Romantic reveries of northern visitors. A more critical examination, however, indicates that this picture is profoundly wrong, and that Roman architects were every bit as stimulated as their northern counterparts (if in slightly different ways) by the new anxieties and insights about history that were transforming contemporary architectural thought elsewhere. This paper will present this larger historiographical problem and propose the outline of a different approach to the topic.


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Elliot Seminar Room, Minto House (MIN_2.403), Minto House, Edinburgh, United Kingdom


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