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.