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

Auteur : Fernando Loffredo & Ginette Vagenheim (dir.)
N° ISBN : 978-90-04-38563-4
Editeur : Brill

Pirro Ligorio’s Worlds brings renowned Ligorio specialists into conversation with emerging young scholars on various aspects of the visual, antiquarian and intellectual production of one of the most fascinating and learned artists 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. Brill’s Studies in Intellectual History 293 Brill’s Studies on Art, Art History, and Intellectual History, 34 Editors: Fernando Loffredo and Ginette Vagenheim


Preface by Anthony Grafton

List of Figures


  • Pirro Ligorio’s Worlds, or, an Invitation to Navigate the Boundaries of Truth Fernando Loffredo and Ginette Vagenheim

Pirro Ligorio versus Philology

  • Pirro Ligorio’s Antiquarian Philology
    Robert W. Gaston
  • Editing Ligorio’s Epigraphic Manuscripts: New Discoveries and New Issues
    Silvia Orlandi
  • The Epigraphical Forgeries in the Construction of Pirro Ligorio’s Libro XXXIX on Roman Antiquities
    Nicoletta Balistreri
  • Drawing Circles: Pirro Ligorio’s Working Methods as Evidenced in His Numismatic Manuscripts
    Sarah E. Cox

Pirro Ligorio and the Ancient World

  • Pirro Ligorio’s Evidence for the Cult of Jupiter Dolichenus in Rome and Religious Life at the Barracks
    Blair Fowlkes-Childs
  • Pirro Ligorio and Sicilian Antiquities: Indifference or an Unwitting “Short Circuit”?
    Federico Rausa
  • Looking for Sirens: Ancient Sites in Naples According to Pirro Ligorio
    Anna Schreurs

Pirro Ligorio and the Renaissance Villa

  • Pirro Ligorio’s Casino of Pius IV Reconsidered, or, Why People Love Ligorio’s Buildings
    Arnold Nesselrath
  • Pirro Ligorio and St Peter’s Basilica: More on the Historical-Christian Investigations and on a Medieval ‘Reuse’ in the Casino of Pius IV
    Carmelo Occhipinti
  • The Villa d’Este at Tivoli and Its Gardens in Marc-Antoine Muret’s Tivoli Cycle of Poems and Uberto Foglietta’s Tyburtinum
    George Hugo Tucker

Pirro Ligorio and the Visual Arts

  • Pirro Ligorio’s Oxford Album
    Ian Campbell
  • In the Shadow of Polidoro da Caravaggio: Pirro Ligorio as a Draftsman
    Ginette Vagenheim
  • “Pirro Ligorio Neapolitan Painter,” 1534–1549 (With a New Addition on His Late Activity as an Architect)
    Patrizia Tosini
  • Pirro Ligorio and Sculpture, or, on the Reproducibility of Antiquity
    Fernando Loffredo

Marcello Fagiolo

Fabio Colonnese


Index of Ancient Names
Index of Modern Authors
Index of Topography
Index of Inscriptions

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