Palazzi of Rome

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Palazzi of Rome presents the most magnificent Roman villas and palaces. Brilliant photographs capture the atmosphere of the buildings in their full grandeur and exquisiteness. They lead readers past decorated façades and guide them through elegant halls and artfully arranged gardens. The texts explain how closely the history of the famed dynasties—the Borgheses, Farneses, Colonnas, Corsinis, and other old families—is intertwined with their ancestral seats, and how for centuries the higher Roman nobility designed ...

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Overview

Palazzi of Rome presents the most magnificent Roman villas and palaces. Brilliant photographs capture the atmosphere of the buildings in their full grandeur and exquisiteness. They lead readers past decorated façades and guide them through elegant halls and artfully arranged gardens. The texts explain how closely the history of the famed dynasties—the Borgheses, Farneses, Colonnas, Corsinis, and other old families—is intertwined 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 palazzi, which are still today among the unmistakable hallmarks 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
  • Publication date: 5/15/2013
  • Series: Italy at its best
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 946,798
  • 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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