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Title:
Palazzi of Rome
Author:
Cresti, Carlo.
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Uniform Title:
Ville e palazzi di Roma. English
Publication Information:
Köln : Könemann, [1998]

©1998
Physical Description:
398 pages : color illustrations ; 32 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9783829013482
Format :
Book

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Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

At first glance, this appears to be no more than another beautifully illustrated coffee-table book, but once the cover is opened readers will quickly realize that the essays, accompanying text, and hundreds of color illustrations promise hours of delight. The volume begins with a series of brief essays relating to the palatial scale of buildings; the public and private streets and piazzas, courtyards, and gardens; the luscious and sumptuous interiors of notable architectural wonders; and additional topics. The rest of the volume focuses on 30 important and notable villas belonging to Roman nobles, cardinals, and popes, including descriptions that place each site in its historical context. Among those described are the Vatican Palace, Palazzo Farnese, Villa Medici, Palazzo and Villa Borghese, and the Quirinal Palace. This reasonably priced volume is recommended for all library collections focusing on architecture or decorative arts.ÄStephen Allan Patrick, East Tennessee State Univ. Lib., Johnson City (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice Review

This attractive, informative book teaches even as it delights. It presents a wide range of palaces and villas in Rome from the last 500 years with vivid, clear, color photographs but, unfortunately, no plans. The brief essay for each building discusses the families that built and lived in it and changes of ownership up to the present day. Especially enticing are photographs of inaccessible interiors, paintings, and difficult-to-see details. Especially informative are several introductory essays about topics such as the general character of Roman palaces, their urban settings, courtyards and gardens, and their interiors, and an essay on Roman heraldry. A sturdy binding adds to the book's value, which is enhanced by a quite modest price. General readers; undergraduates. C. W. Westfall University of Notre Dame