Ruins of Ancient Rome: The Drawings of French Architects who Won the Prix de Rome, 1786-1924

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Traditionally a critical component of the education of any architect was to draw the ruins of ancient Rome, reconstructing either from ancient sources or, more often, pure fantasy, what the original structures must have looked like. From this training emerged generations of architects imbued with the aesthetic ideals that would form the Neoclassical and Beaux-Arts building styles.

In this magnificently printed volume are reproduced some of the most extraordinarily handsome drawings of the ruins of ancient Rome made by French "Prix de Rome" architects from 1775 through 1925. Accompanied by text that explains how the Prix de Rome was awarded and the significance of the prize in the history of architecture, as well as how the study of ancient models formed the basis for nineteenth- and early twentieth-century architectural styles, these drawings provide an invaluable understanding of how the modern imagination recorded and transformed ancient fragments into a modern architectural idiom.
 

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Contents

IO French Architects and the Prix de Rome Annie Jacques
10
Places and Memory Roberto Cassanelli
22
Urban Planning and Archaeology in the Roman Capital Massimiliano David
36
The Envois
52
PLATES Massimiliano David Emidio De Albentiis
53
Rodolfo Lancianis Forma Urbis
54
The Marble Forma Urbis 151 Tiberina Island
62
Capitoline Hill 155 Campus Martius
65
Theaters 191 Via Appia
194
Temples 195 The Villa of Maxentius
195
APPENDIXES
203
Models of Ancient Rome Edited by Massimiliano David
205
Rome as Seen by the Romans 206 Ancient Rome in the Marble Forma Urbis Edited by Massimiliano David
206
Ancient Rome in Roman Coins Edited by Laurent Chrzanovski
208
Ancient Rome in the Haterii Monument
210
Edited by Massimiliano David 212 Bibliography Edited by Massimiliano David 212 The Archaeology and Urban History of Rome
212

The Roman Forum 161 Thermal Baths
66
The Imperial Forums 180 Bridges
102
Palatine Hill 182 Aqueducts
118
The Circus Maximus 186 Walls and Gates
132
The Colosseum 188 The Mausoleum of Hadrian
134
Documented Buildings and Complexes
213
Map of Ancient Roman Sites
218
Index of Architects and Envois
219
About the Authors
223
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Massimiliano David is a scholar of archaeology and the history of ancient art.

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