Design Conversation – Designing Rome’s Trevi Fountain

Another event in our Fall Art lecture series. We will meet in the Lobby of MODA at 6:15, lecture starts at 6:30 $10. Jim[masked]


The Trevi is arguably the most famous fountain in the world; noted for its gigantic scale, magnificent sculptures, complex iconography, dramatic water display, and embracing piazza.
For its designer, Nicola Salvi, the Trevi was an all-encompassing theatrical synthesis of ancient and contemporary architectural forms, sculpture, Arcadian nature, and natural philosophy. Recalling sacred springs and triumphal arches, Salvi used traditional allegorical themes and water displays to express complex relationships between city and nature in a single monument that, at the same time symbolically represented the latest scientific thinking about water, moisture, and air.
Join us as we explore the complex design history of this now iconic tourist destination in a lecture presented by Katherine Rinne, a faculty member at the California College of the Arts and author of The Waters of Rome: Aqueducts, Fountains, and the Birth of the Baroque City (Yale University Press: 2011)
Free for members / $10 for adults / $8 for seniors and military/$5 for students and children. Reserve tickets here. Doors open at 6pm and lecture begins at 6:30pm.

I highly recommend going by the Carlos Museum to view some great old Etchings of the Trevi.



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  • Ted F.

    Although we had some attrition and missed members, it was nice, with a very nice discussion after, over food and drink. I hope that we can often take the group on into talking about the main event with a drink or snack afterwards, as a common practice.

    October 2, 2013

    • Jay P.

      TED, where did y'all end up? Tap? Crescent Ave.

      1 · October 2, 2013

    • Elizabeth B.

      We went to Cafe Intermezzo.

      1 · October 2, 2013

  • Elizabeth B.

    Overall the lecture was interesting, now I definitely want to visit this fountain. Hopefully I will be able to make it this Thursday as well. Lets have dinner afterwards too!

    October 2, 2013

  • Jay P.

    Hey, thanks for putting this out there. It was very informative! Glad I went but sorry I missed meeting up with the group.

    October 1, 2013

    • Ted F.

      Jay, I have put a new nametag page up in the "Pages" section in the header of our site. I am trying in all my events to encourage our group to print out a nametag or a wristband from the link in those pages, and wear them. I am really sorry that happened and hope in the future we will not miss you again! It's an ongoing problem for all meetup groups in a larger setting, so if the armband / nametag self-service printing and wearing works, we are a step ahead of many other groups!

      1 · October 2, 2013

  • Elizabeth B.

    Where are you guys?

    October 1, 2013

  • Ted F.

    And I will be even later than that - see y'all eventually!

    October 1, 2013

  • Elizabeth B.

    Late leaving the office. MODA is about a 15 minute walk from my office. Hope to be there right on time. Watch for me please

    October 1, 2013

  • Keely

    Sorry, this week is insane! I really wanted to go!

    September 30, 2013

  • Ted F.

    BTW I will be driving back from FLA Monday and hope to attend this lecture depending on workload, etc. - it sounds very good so I'm really going to try.

    September 27, 2013

  • Michelle

    Ditto the recommendation to view the current "Images of Rome" exhibition at the Carlos (through mid-Nov). It's fantastic! Also worth visiting the Carlos' permanent Classical Galleries as a great supplement. Their website says they have free admission on October 17 from 1-7:30 pm, followed by a free lecture by one of the curators on The Lost Rome of Giovanni Battista Falda.

    Could be a great outing for this group!

    September 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Michelle, will check it out! BTW, we are forming a close group of art supporters. I founded this group and looking to take it to the next level. If you are interested please contact me or Jim Backstorm about Art in ATL!

      1 · September 26, 2013

    • Ted F.

      Definitely some great suggestions. I hope we will be spending more time at excellent events like this in the near future. Unfortunately Thursdays are the worst days for me for a while and I have already scheduled one event for a Thursday in October; I hope another organizer can add this event to our calendar! Great tip! Glad you joined, Michelle!

      September 27, 2013

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