Palazzi of Rome

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"This comprehensive photographic documentation of Roman villas and palaces not only presents images of the grand houses of the popes and the nobles of the city, but also sets them in their historical framework.

The brilliant photographs capture the atmosphere of the buildings in their full grandeur and exquisiteness. They lead readers past magnificently decorated façades and guide them through festively decorated halls and artfully arranged gardens.

The text makes clear just ...

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Overview


"This comprehensive photographic documentation of Roman villas and palaces not only presents images of the grand houses of the popes and the nobles of the city, but also sets them in their historical framework.

The brilliant photographs capture the atmosphere of the buildings in their full grandeur and exquisiteness. They lead readers past magnificently decorated façades and guide them through festively decorated halls and artfully arranged gardens.

The text makes clear just how closely the history of the famed dynasties--the Borgheses, Farneses, Colonnas, Corsinis and other old families--is inter-twined with their ancestral seats, and how for centuries the higher Roman nobility designed their palaces in the City of Cities as fitting reflections of their own glory. This competition for the most magnificent residence led to the construction of many of the city's most famous buildings, including the palaces on the Capitol, the Palazzo Farnese, the Villa Borghese, the Quirinal and others, which still today are among the unmistakable hallmarks of the incomparable city of Rome.

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Library Journal
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.--Stephen Allan Patrick, East Tennessee State Univ. Lib., Johnson City
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783848003310
  • Publisher: H.F.Ullmann Publishing Gmbh
  • Publication date: 5/15/2013
  • Series: Italy at its best
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 770,291
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Massimo Listri lives in Florence, where he works with renowned art journals. He has contributed to numerous photographic volumes about Italy.

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