IATH Fellow and Independent Scholar Katherine Rinne will speak on “The Art and Science of Water in Renaissance and Baroque Rome” on Thursday, April 4, at 6:30 PM in Campbell Hall 160. A reception, sponsored by the UVA Department of Art, will follow.
Abstract: From source springs to flowing fountains, we will follow architects, fountain designers, and engineers as they attempt to understand, control, divert, and display gravity-flow water in public and private fountains and villa gardens in sixteenth and seventeenth century Rome. Using traditional practices and on-site experimentation, they used garden and fountain design, and in some cases formulas and theoretical knowledge, to fathom unresolved question about water's volume, velocity, and pressure. Their fountains and gardens speak eloquently of their growing understanding of water's flow, and the ways in which water can shape design.