2015 Paul Mellon Lecture

Renaissance and Baroque Rome: The Art of Urban Form; An illustrated talk presented by Dr. Joseph Connors

Rome offers a wider spectrum of urban configurations than any other city, from the twisting arterial streets of the Campus Martius, through the straight streets of the Renaissance, to the spacious and well-watered splendor of such dynastic spaces as Piazza Farnese, Piazza Barberini, Fontana di Trevi, and Piazza Navona. Artistic Visions of Renaissance and Baroque Rome provides a look at the political and religious alliances and enmities that helped shape these spaces and the artistic visions that gave them meaning and flair.

A noted author and scholar of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, Dr. Joseph Connors is Professor of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University. He has held positions at Oxford University, the University of Chicago, and Columbia University, where his captivating and insightful lectures earned him the President’s Award, bestowed to recognize outstanding teaching. Dr. Connors also has the distinction of being the only person to have directed both major American research institutes in Italy—the American Academy in Rome and Villa I Tatti, the Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence.

A native of New York, Dr. Connors earned his Ph.D. in art history at Harvard University, and is currently completing a monograph on Roman Baroque architect Francesco Borromini.

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