Friday, April 15, 2016


The City of Rome
The Roman Senate
Finery belonging to nineteenth-century senators of Rome
The City of the Grand Tour
Views of Rome in the second half of 1700 and early 1800:
“Campo Vaccino” about 1780 and the “Temple of Fortuna Virile” about 1780 Abraham Louis Rodolphe Ducros and Giovanni Volpato (1735/1803)
“Piazza S. Maria del Pianto” about 1840 by the Englishman John Ruskin (1819/1900)
“Via di Porta Pinciana” 1685/90 by Gaspar Van Wittel (1622/74)
“The paintings were made to commemorate the most important ceremony which took place in Rome after the French occupation and the proclamation of the Jacobin Republic on February 10, 1798: the Feast of the Federation which was celebrated on the 20th of March. Felice Giani, describes the complex choreography of military parades, along Rome, occupying the symbolic places of the papal city. The second image documents the final event, held in St. Peter's Square, the arrival of the troops on horseback directed toward the Altar of Homeland and preceded by the row of deputies and representatives of the departments. With an evocative style, rich in descriptive details, the table demonstrates the participation of the artist, fervent revolutionary to the propaganda initiatives of the French government” (Official website of the Museo di Roma -
Urban settings
“Cabinet with drawers and eighteen views of Rome” known as studiolo, end of seventeenth century, in carved and gilded wood and painted parchment
“Capriccio with the Arch of Titus” second half of the seventeenth century by Viviano Codazzi (1604/70)
“As for Alessandro Magnasco, tiny figures are distributed in an animated space, but to his rapid style and to his popular subjects the Roman painters, who had as a precursor Viviano Codazzi, opposed a noble way: the golden light of Rome replaces the stormy skies of Salvator Rosa and monumental perspectives with large squares, and sometimes ruins with shady boughs take the place of the dark ravines” (AndrĂ© Chastel)
The view
“Fog over Rome” 1847, “Roman Forum” 1841, “The Colosseum” about 1845 and “The Colosseum seen from above” 1855 by Ippolito Caffi (1809/66)
“The unusual view of the Fog of Rome shows how in the mid-1800s the descriptive concern was substituted by an unmistakably modern attention for the atmospheric phenomena” (Brief Guide to the Museum of Rome)

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