Rome. Portrait of a City

Rome. Portrait of a City

Description

This bumper photographic portrait of Rome brings together hundreds of photographs from the 1840s through to today to explore the extraordinary history, beauty, and art of this incomparable cultural capital.

From sepia and black and white to color, these outstanding images dating from the 1840s to the present day allow us - through the eyes of such photographers as Giacomo Caneva, Pompeo Molins, Giuseppe Primoli, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Carlo Bavagnoli, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Pasquale De Antonis, Peter Lindbergh, Slim Aarons, and William Klein - to discover Rome in its many compelling guises: as the center of the Roman Empire, as one of the cradles of the Renaissance, as a favorite destination for travelers and a rich patchwork of varied neighborhoods, as the seat of the Roman Catholic Church, a stage for politics, and as the perfect backdrop for film and fashion shoots.

Reaching back into illustrious archives, some of the book's early images offer us a privileged Grand Tour glimpse of some of Rome's most treasured landmarks, revealing the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Spanish Steps almost void of crowds. Later pictures survey the city's contrasts-from the luxurious homes and leisure activities of the privileged to street stalls and laundry lines in the working class districts of Trastevere and Testaccio. Some documentary-style shots show us the dark power of Mussolini, the city bedecked with his own iconography and imagery of strength, athleticism, and the fatherland.

As color photography comes in, the city transitions from a neo-realismo aesthetic to postwar recovery and hedonism: all the glamorous gowns, exotic celebrities, and Via Veneto cafe culture immortalized by Fellini. Many famous faces are here, including Louis Armstrong, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Marcello Mastroianni, Sophia Loren, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Anna Magnani, and Valentino.

Similar Books

ISBN 10: 3836502933
ISBN 13: 9783836502931

27 Jul 2022
Jean Claude Gautrand

ISBN 10: 3836528770
ISBN 13: 9783836528771

15 Jun 2022
Reuel Golden

ISBN 10: 3836578050
ISBN 13: 9783836578059

16 Mar 2022
Angelika Taschen

ISBN 10: 3836567261
ISBN 13: 9783836567268

30 Dec 2019
Christian Brandstätter

ISBN 10: 141970060X
ISBN 13: 9781419700606

01 Nov 2012
Christopher Sweet

ISBN 10: 0750990708
ISBN 13: 9780750990707

15 Dec 2019
Siobhan Ferguson

ISBN 10: 3961711828
ISBN 13: 9783961711826

15 May 2020
Serge Ramelli

ISBN 10: 3836552094
ISBN 13: 9783836552097

02 Jun 2019
Michiel van Groesen

ISBN 10: 1426215649
ISBN 13: 9781426215643

19 Mar 2016
National Geographic

ISBN 10: 3836514486
ISBN 13: 9783836514484

26 Mar 2022
Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism (Aras)

ISBN 10: 1419735977
ISBN 13: 9781419735974

04 Nov 2019
Gray Malin

ISBN 10: 0857753983
ISBN 13: 9780857753984

14 Aug 2014
Gordon Kerr