Deciphering Rome


Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 6:00pm to 7:30pm


Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street

Rome assumed its modern form in the 16th and 17th centuries, during the Renaissance and the Baroque period. Though the street network of Old Rome can be confusing to first-time visitors, it makes sense when considered in light of its connection to the dynastic ambitions of successive popes, from Julius II (the pope of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling) to Alexander VII (Bernini’s pope par excellence).

In this lecture, Joseph Connors, professor of the history of art and architecture at Harvard, will explore the shaping of Rome through the creation of targeted streets and celebratory piazzas. Drawing on material on display in the Harvard Art Museums, Connors’s talk aims to make Rome an open book—in which the history of the papacy is expounded.

This lecture is offered in conjunction with the installation Rome: Eternal City, on view in the University Teaching Gallery through May 6, 2018.

The lecture will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Please enter the museums via the entrance on Broadway. Doors will open at 5:30pm.

Free admission, but limited seating is available. Tickets will be distributed beginning at 5:30pm at the Broadway entrance. One ticket per person.

Following the lecture, the University Teaching Gallery will remain open until 8pm.

Complimentary parking available in the Broadway Garage, 7 Felton Street, Cambridge.

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