Plundering Printed Rome: Copyright and the Manipulation of Monuments in the Sixteenth Century

Feb 2, 2023
Villa I Tatti, Florence

In the hugely profitable print industry of the sixteenth century, copyrights, or so-called privileges, offered an apparently effective protection for popular designs. But printmakers soon found ways to manipulate these designs in ways that constantly challenged the idea of a copy. The lecture addresses how these creative deviations affected the image of ancient Rome and consequently the dissemination of architectural ideals.

The lecture forms an introduction to Victor Plahte Tschudi‘s project on copyright and architecture and was held during his tenure (Spring 2023) as Visiting Professor at Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies.


Originally posted Feb 14, 2023. Latest revision Mar 15, 2024.

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