Pirro Ligorio’s Worlds

Antiquarianism, Classical Erudition and the Visual Arts in the Late Renaissance


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Pirro Ligorio’s Worlds brings renowned Ligorio specialists into conversation with emerging young scholars, on various aspects of the artistic, antiquarian and intellectual production of one of the most fascinating and learned antiquaries in the prestigious entourage of Cardinal Alessandro Farnese. The book takes a more nuanced approach to the complex topic of Ligorio’s ‘forgeries’, investigating them in relation to previously neglected aspects of his life and work.

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Ginette Vagenheim, Ph. D. (1992), is Professor of Latin Language, Literature and Humanities at the Université of Rouen-Normandie. She has published numerous articles and collective books on Pirro Ligorio, Antiquarianism and Classical scholarship in the Renaissance and its reception.
Fernando Loffredo, Ph.D. (2010), is currently post-doctoral fellow at the Bibliotheca Hertziana - Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte. He was the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow 2015-2017 at CASVA and he taught as Visiting Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University and the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
"This well-written and aesthetically pleasing volume presents an excellent image of a previously often misunderstood artist and creates understanding for the passion he and his contemporaries felt for the restoration of the Roman Empire in a Christian direction." (translated from Swedish)

Kari Lawe, Swedish institute in Rome, in ‘Kyrkohistorisk Årsskrift’ pp. 159-161

Anthony Grafton

List of Figures

Introduction: Pirro Ligorio’s Worlds, or, an Invitation to Navigate the Boundaries of Truth
Fernando Loffredo and Ginette Vagenheim

Pirro Ligorio versus Philology

1 Pirro Ligorio’s Antiquarian Philology
 Robert W. Gaston

2 Editing Ligorio’s Epigraphic Manuscripts: New Discoveries and New Issues
Silvia Orlandi

3 The Epigraphical Forgeries in the Construction of Pirro Ligorio’s Libro XXXIX on Roman Antiquities
Nicoletta Balistreri

4 Drawing Circles: Pirro Ligorio’s Working Methods as Evidenced in His Numismatic Manuscripts
Sarah E. Cox

Pirro Ligorio and the Ancient World

5 Pirro Ligorio’s Evidence for the Cult of Jupiter Dolichenus in Rome and Religious Life at the Barracks
Blair Fowlkes-Childs

6 Pirro Ligorio and Sicilian Antiquities: Indifference or an Unwitting “Short Circuit”?
Federico Rausa

7 Looking for Sirens: Ancient Sites in Naples According to Pirro Ligorio
Anna Schreurs-Morét

Pirro Ligorio and the Renaissance Villa

8 Pirro Ligorio’s Casino of Pius IV Reconsidered, or, Why People Love Ligorio’s Buildings
Arnold Nesselrath

9 Pirro Ligorio and St Peter’s Basilica: More on the Historical-Christian Investigations and on a Medieval “Reuse” in the Casino of Pius IV
Carmelo Occhipinti

10 The Villa d’Este at Tivoli and Its Gardens in Marc-Antoine Muret’s Tivoli Cycle of Poems and Uberto Foglietta’s Tyburtinum
George Hugo Tucker

Pirro Ligorio and the Visual Arts

11 Pirro Ligorio’s Oxford Album
Ian Campbell

12 In the Shadow of Polidoro da Caravaggio: Pirro Ligorio as a Draftsman
Ginette Vagenheim

13 “Pirro Ligorio Neapolitan Painter,” 1534–1549 (With a New Addition on His Late Activity as an Architect)
Patrizia Tosini

14 Pirro Ligorio and Sculpture, or, on the Reproducibility of Antiquity
Fernando Loffredo

Marcello Fagiolo (with an appendix by Fabio Colonnese)

Index of Ancient Names
Index of Modern Authors
Index of Topography
Index of Inscriptions
All interested in the intellectual history of the Late Renaissance in Rome, especially the antiquarianism and the classical scholarship and also any scholar concerned with interdisciplinary methodology applied on both Antiquity and Renaissance Culture.
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