John Pinto, Howard Crosby Butler Memorial Professor of Art and Archaeology Emeritus, Princeton University
Professor Pinto came to Princeton from Smith College in 1988. At Princeton, he served the department in various capacities, including several terms as director of graduate studies. The Howard Crosby Butler Memorial Professor of the History of Architecture since 1996, he transferred to emeritus status in 2013.
A Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, Pinto also received fellowships from the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, Dumbarton Oaks, the Bibliotheca Hertziana (Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte), and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Pinto's research interests center on architecture, urbanism and landscape in Rome, especially in the 18th century. Other interests include the reception of classical antiquity and the image of Rome, particularly in the work of Giovanni Battista Piranesi.
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Lecture by John Moore: "Giuseppe Vasi's Panorama of Rome and Its Related Guidebooks: Printmaking, Book Publishing, and Diplomacy in Eighteenth-Century Europe."
Giuseppe Vasi's etched Prospetto dell'alma città di Roma constitutes a striking and ambitious portrait of the Eternal City. A native of Corleone, Vasi enjoyed certain privileges as a Neapolitan subject living and working in Rome and gratefully dedicated his panorama to Charles III, king of Spain, who from 1734 to 1759 had reigned as Carlo di Borbone, king of the Two Sicilies. The print was first published in December 1765, although trial proofs had been pulled earlier that same year and sent to Spain for royal approval. The panorama was accompanied by the Indice del Prospetto di Roma, which could (and did) serve as an independent guidebook. One turn of phrase in the guidebook’s second edition, also published in 1765, caused Vasi to be called before the papal authorities. Extensive correspondence and other archival documentation detail the nature of the dispute, explain how it was resolved, and throw light on the relationship of prints and books to diplomatic protocol and to the insufficiently studied topic of book dedications in eighteenth-century Europe.