Imaging Rome Through Artists' Eyes, 1600-1800

February 3 - July 19, 2009
Ripin Print Gallery

Rome and its ruins continued to capture the European imagination centuries after the downfall of the Roman Empire. This exhibition shows how Rome and its monuments were seen and memorialized through the eyes of painters, printmakers, and draftsmen from both Northern Europe and Italy.

Highlights from the AMAM’s outstanding permanent collection include works by the prolific master etcher Giambattista Piranesi, as well as pastoral landscapes made by Dutch 17th-century artists who traveled to Rome and French artists who arrived during the time of the “Grand Tour,” creating both lifelike and imaginative works. Selected loans from the Special Collections of the Oberlin College Library are also featured.

This exhibition was organized by Hannah Brewer (OC ’09) with assistance from Professor Susan Kane, Curator of Academic Programs Colette Crossman, Curator of Western Art Andria Derstine, and Special Collections Librarian Ed Vermue.

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, 1720 – 1778)
Temple of Clitunno
Gift of Janet Knapp Byles (OC 1944), 1991