Piranesi and the Lost City


Location: 104 Bond Hall

Heather Hyde Minor, Associate Professor at the University of Illinois School of Architecture Urbana-Champaign, will be lecturing on her research into "Piranesi and the Lost City."


Heather Hyde Minor, a specialist of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century architecture and art, is an associate professor of the history of architecture at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.  She is the author of The Culture of Architecture in Enlightenment Rome (Penn State Press, 2010), which received both the Marraro prize and an award from the Society of Architectural Historians.  Her current project, Giovanni Battista Piranesi's Lost Words, examines Piranesi’s famous images alongside his forgotten texts, seeking to recapture the important associations between Piranesi’s concerns and the creation of the modern cultural sciences.  In 2013-2014, she will be a fellow at the National Humanities Center.