Churches of Rome

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In this illustrated book, the renowned Latinist Pierre Grimal examines the multitude of churches in pontifical Rome, rediscovering through them not only the traces of nascent Christianity but also the spirit of the ancient Imperial city. Taken together, the churches of Rome reveal the evolving variations upon a basic architectural typology, while also allowing a dramatic summary of the history of Christianity, with its upheavals, schisms, and spiritual developments.
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In this illustrated book, the renowned Latinist Pierre Grimal examines the multitude of churches in pontifical Rome, rediscovering through them not only the traces of nascent Christianity but also the spirit of the ancient Imperial city. Taken together, the churches of Rome reveal the evolving variations upon a basic architectural typology, while also allowing a dramatic summary of the history of Christianity, with its upheavals, schisms, and spiritual developments.
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Gorgeous color images by architectural photographer Rose abundantly illustrate this English translation of renowned Latinist Grimal's examination of the multitude of churches in pontifical Rome, rediscovering through them not only the evolution of Christianity but also the spirit of the ancient Imperial City. This oversize reference (10x13<">) covers not only architecture but also its decoration, from the mosaics and Cosmati marble inlays of the early and medieval churches to the great statuary and paintings of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. First published in French by Imprimerie Nationale, Paris. Distributed in the US and Canada by Rizzoli International Publications through St. Martin's Press. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780865659902
  • Publisher: Vendome Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1997
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 10.50 (w) x 12.87 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

House of the Faithful and Basilica of God 10
The Center of the World, a Place of Meditation 22
In Honor of the Virgin 53
The Transfiguration of Pagan Motifs 69
In Response to the Iconoclasts 79
The Triumph of the Cupola 84
Roman Facade Decoration 101
The Contraction of the Centralized Plan 119
The Church Triumphant 128
Plan of Rome 172
Selected Bibliography 175
Notes 175
Acknowledgments 176
List of Churches Illustrated 177
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