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Title:
Art and archaeology of Rome : from ancient times to the Baroque
Author:
Augenti, Andrea.
Publication Information:
Firenze : Scala ; New York, N.Y. : Riverside, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
223 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
Ancient Rome -- Medieval Rome -- Renaissance Rome -- Baroque Rome.
ISBN:
9781878351562
Format :
Book

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Summary

Rome has been at the center of western civilization for more than two thousand years. As the capital of an empire, and as the center of the Catholic Church, it has had tremendous influence on art, science, politics and government, as well as on religion. And through its fabulous feats of engineering and construction, it has inspired architects and designers on both the grand public scale and in the details of daily life. This profusely illustrated book has a wide variety of images, and a straight-forward, informative text. It is divided into four main parts: Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque. Each part contains a historical narrative, plus separate sections on topics of special interest. These include: the Walls of Ancient Rome, the Appian Way, the Catacombs, the Cloisters, the Sistine Chapel, Raphael's Stanze, the Farnese Gallery, the Fountains of Rome, and others. Each part also has special sections on Rome's major museums, with highlights from each collection. The sculpture, frescoes, murals and architectural details in this book will appeal to those interested in both the fine and decorative arts. The abundant archaeological material will fascinate those interested in history and daily life in the past. This book is for everyone who has studied Rome, who has visited Rome, or who wishes to go.


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Library Journal Review

As Rome, the eternal empire city, enters yet another millennium, it is the subject of two new books. One completely encompasses its art and archaeology, the other focuses in-depth on one particularly neglected century. Art in Rome in the Eighteenth Century, the larger of the two and the catalog for a recent traveling exhibition, reassesses and explores a transitional century (the settecento), setting out to revive what the editors describe as its often overlooked art and artifacts. The book covers the many public works projects by the century's popes, including the Spanish Steps and the reconstruction of many major churches, as well as the construction of beautiful palaces and the transformation of an Arcadian landscape into a city of stone and marble. Much material is gathered here, including three essays providing perspective on the period, a lengthy illustrated catalog section, a detailed compilation of key figures of the period, and an enormous source list. Scholarly yet accessible, this comprehensive work should find a home in special, academic, art school, and public art book collections. Another book in the well-designed and fully illustrated Riverside line, Art and Archaeology of Rome is an informative, useful, and aesthetically pleasing summary highlighting the major historical and artistic places that are the heart of Rome. With crisp, magnificent color reproductions and text that offers fascinating accounts of ancient, medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Rome, this book not only expresses the city but serves as a guide for visitors, whether as introduction or review. Like Art in Rome in the Eighteenth Century, it has definite reference value, and it is recommended for all art book collections.DEllen Bates, New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice Review

Essentially a coffee-table book, this handsome volume is superbly illustrated with hundreds of color photographs. With useful maps and model reconstructions accompanied by a clear, informative text, this book should be popular as a useful guide to the major monuments and museums of Rome, or subsequent to a tourist's visit as an aide-memoire of things seen and better photographed by professionals. An Italian production, the illustrations serve, not incidentally, as an advertisement of the Archivo Fotografico Scala Group of Florence, long in the business of selling such photographs to institutions and individuals. The book is divided into four parts (ancient, medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque), each of which includes a historical narrative with separate commentaries on special interest topics: the walls of ancient Rome, the Appian Way, the Catacombs, the Cloisters, the Sistine Chapel, Raphael's Stanze, the Farnese Gallery, the Fountains of Rome, and others. Rome's major museums are treated in a separate section. General readers. R. Brilliant; Columbia University