Thinking like an Antiquarian: Interview with Heather Hyde Minor & Carolyn Yerkes
From Moa Carlsson
This is a conversation with Professors Heather Hyde Minor and Carolyn Yerkes, in which we discuss their latest book project: Piranesi Unbound (Princeton University Press, 2020). The conversation was recorded on the 25th of January 2021.
HEATHER HYDE MINOR is a Professor in the Department of Art, Art History, & Design at the University of Notre Dame, specialising in the art of Europe between the 16th and the 18th centuries. In 2015, The Pennsylvania State University Press published her book Piranesi’s Lost Words, having also published her book The Culture of Architecture in Enlightenment Rome in 2010. The latter received the 2010 Helen and Howard R. Marraro Prize in Italian Art History and the Alice Davis Hitchcock Book Award, bestowed by the Society of Architectural Historians. Her research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Humanities Center, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.
CAROLYN YERKES is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art & Archaeology at Princeton University. Yerkes specializes in the history of architecture in Europe between the fifteenth and the eighteenth centuries, with an emphasis on architectural culture in drawing and print. Yerkes’ first book, Drawing after Architecture: Renaissance Architectural Drawings and Their Reception (Marsilio, 2017), received the James Ackerman Prize in the History of Architecture and was a finalist for the Charles Rufus Morey Book Award of the College Art Association. We were eager to speak to Professors Hyde Minor and Yerkes because of the collaborative nature of Piranesi Unbound.
The quote recited in this conversation is from Piranesi Unbound (p. 23), published by Princeton University Press in 2020.
“Piranesi on the Page,” an exhibition related to Piranesi Unbound and curated by Hyde Minor and Yerkes, opened on the 1st of September 2021 at the Ellen and Leonard Milberg Gallery of Firestone Library, Princeton University, in Princeton, NJ, USA. https://library.princeton.edu/news/general/2020-02-13/puls-upcoming-exhibition-piranesi-page-reveals-art-architects-books
Interview Bibliography by Heather Hyde Minor and Carolyn Yerkes
Momigliano, Arnaldo. "Ancient History and the Antiquarian." Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 13, no. 3/4 (1950): 285-315.
Hyde Minor, Heather. Piranesi's Lost Words. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2015.Hyde Minor, Heather and Carolyn Yerkes. Piranesi Unbound. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2020.
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