Spotlight Talk: Erin Sutherland

April 26, 2018

Join Erin Sutherland, curator of exhibitions for special collections at Olin Library, for a talk about the renowned 16th-century prints known as the Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae (Mirror of Roman Magnificence). This series of finely detailed images of Roman monuments, buildings, and sculptures by a variety of artists and engravers appealed to the tremendous interest in antiquity during the Renaissance. The variety of representations—from dilapidated structures consumed by vegetation, to seemingly perfect monuments restored to their ancient glory—provides a sense of the many ways viewers related to antiquity during the late Renaissance. As a result, rather than viewing the prints as if they are reflections in a flawless mirror, Sutherland suggests considering them artistic images made to appeal to a specific audience.

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Image credit

Unknown, detail of Artist Sketching Marforio, from Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae (Mirror of Roman Magnificence), 1581. Engraving, 13 1/8 x 19". Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis. Gift of the Art and Archaeology Department, Washington University, 1980.