A sumptuously illustrated history of the Eternal City - the capital of Italy and world art - as captured by painters from the Antiquity through the twentieth century.
Traditionally founded by its namesake Romulus in 753 BC, Rome began modestly, as a little village of thatched huts on the Palatine Hill. By the third century BC, it controlled the entire Italian peninsula, and by the first century BC, much of the known world. Rome's fortunes have stumbled more than once since then - indeed, there have famously been times when cows grazed on the Forum - but it has always reemerged as a leading city, thanks to its status as the seat of Christendom. Through the centuries, artists from all over Europe have been drawn to Rome, both to work in the service of the Church and to learn from the accumulated masterpieces.
This luxuriously oversized book uses Rome's artistic riches to chronicle the eventful history of the city itself. We are shown the customs and beliefs of the ancient Romans through their own frescoes and mosaics, and their greatest deeds in the history paintings of later masters such as Poussin and David. We follow the fitful rise of Rome, which eventually blossoms forth into the supreme achievements of Michelangelo and Raphael. With eyes uplifted to frescoed vaults, we watch the great decorators of the Baroque add to the city's store of monuments, which are then deftly and sometimes quite imaginatively recorded by the vedutisti of the eighteenth century. Finally, in canvases by a surprising range of nineteenth and twentieth-century artists from Sargent to de Chirico, and even de Kooning we see Rome in its role as the capital of a unified Italy, and of the modern Western imagination.
With its more than three hundred full-color illustrations, including four spectacular gatefolds; its insightful text, written by leading art historians; and its valuable apparatus, including capsule biographies of 175 artists; The History of Rome in Painting is an important achievement in scholarship and publishing and a fitting tribute to the Eternal City. Like its predecessors The History of Venice in Painting and The History of Paris in Painting, it belongs in every art lover's library.
Maria Teresa Caracciolo is the author or editor of several art histories and books about Rome. Roselyne de Ayala has written or edited a number of books on art, literature, and music, including Brilliant Beginnings: The Youthful Works of Great Artists, Writers, and Composers (Abrams, 2000).
Text by: By Jacqueline Champeaux, Serena Romano, Ivan Foletti, Luciano Arcangeli, Andrea Zanelli, and Micol Forti
Reader Praise for The History of Rome in Painting:
"Splendid!" Yoshiharu H.
"Excellent volume." Joel W.
"Superb reproductions." Letizia P.
"This series is spectacular." William E.W.
"Delightful. Must buy a lectern for it!" J.M.
Praise for The History of Rome in Painting: "An impressive, hefty volume offers page after page of full-color art. In a red cloth slipcase, the oversized book is quite the gift." -- Fine Books & Collections "Opening this book...is a sensuous experience, and a window onto multiple scenes both glorious and gory...the tone throughout is scholarly without being dry. ...It's surprising the pages don't smell of pigment...A more comprehensive, accessible, and lavishly presented collection would be difficult to find." -- ForeWord Reviews -- Chosen as a Good Morning America Anchors' Favorite Coffee Table Books of 2011
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 23rd August 2011
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 43.2 x 28.0 x 9.4
Weight (kg): 7.58