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The History of Rome in Painting
Author: Jacqueline Champeaux

ISBN: 9780789211033
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 23 August 2011
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 43.2 x 28.0 x 9.4
Description:
A sumptuously illustrated history of the Eternal City - the capital of Italy and world art - as captured by painters from the Antiquity through the twentieth century.

Traditionally founded by its namesake Romulus in 753 BC, Rome began modestly, as a little village of thatched huts on the Palatine Hill. By the third century BC, it controlled the entire Italian peninsula, and by the first century BC, much of the known world. Rome's fortunes have stumbled more than once since then - indeed, there have famously been times when cows grazed on the Forum - but it has always reemerged as a leading city, thanks to its status as the seat of Christendom. Through the centuries, artists from all over Europe have been drawn to Rome, both to work in the service of the Church and to learn from the accumulated masterpieces.

This luxuriously oversized book uses Rome's artistic riches to chronicle the eventful history of the city itself. We are shown the customs and beliefs of the ancient Romans through their own frescoes and mosaics, and their greatest deeds in the history paintings of later masters such as Poussin and David. We follow the fitful rise...

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