Published: April 3, 2020

Pirro Ligorio's Worlds Antiquarianism, Classical Erudition and the Visual Arts in the Late Renaissance

About the book: 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.

About the author: Fernando Loffredo’s primary research interests are trans-Mediterranean artistic relations, sculpture and the urban space, and the dialogues between art and poetry in the early modern world, with a particular focus on the Spanish Empire and the Italian Peninsula. His first book project entitled “A Sea of Marble: Traveling Fountains in the Early Modern Mediterranean,” explores the notion of early modern transcultural identity by studying the mobility of sculpture throughout the Mediterranean and beyond. He recently published Pirro Ligorio’s Worlds. Antiquarianism, Classical Erudition and the Visual Arts in the Late Renaissance, coedited with Ginette Vagenheim (Brill’s Studies in Intellectual History, Leiden/Boston: 2019). Besides his academic activity, he has collaborated with different museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Louvre, the Museo del Bargello, the Museo di Capodimonte, and the North Carolina Museum of Art. 

Before coming to CU Boulder, Fernando was the Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow 2015-2017 at CASVA (National Gallery of Art, Washington DC), and he was the recipient of postdoctoral fellowships granted by the Bibliotheca Hertziana - Max-Planck Institute for Art History (Rome), the European Research Council (ERC), the Kunsthistorisches Institut (Florence), among others. He has taught Italian and Mediterranean as well as Spanish and Colonial Latin American visual culture at SUNY Stony Brook, Johns Hopkins University, NYU, The Cooper Union and Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.

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