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Orion, Jun 23, 2011 - History - 400 pages

A dazzling biography of the Eternal City - 'A tour of the great city with a great guide: who could do this better?' EVENING STANDARD.

For almost a thousand years, Rome held sway as the spiritual and artistic centre of the world. Hughes vividly recreates the ancient Rome of Julius Caesar, Marcus Aurelius, Nero, Caligula, Cicero, Martial and Virgil. With the artistic blossoming of the Renaissance, he casts his unwavering critical eye over the great works of Raphael, Michelangelo and Brunelleschi, shedding new light on the Old Masters. In the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, when Rome's cultural predominance was assured, artists and tourists from all over Europe converged on the city. Hughes brilliantly analyses the defining works of Caravaggio, Velasquez, Rubens and Bernini.

Hughes' Rome is a vibrant, contradictory, spectacular and secretive place; a monument both to human glory and human error. In equal parts loving, iconoclastic, enraged and wise, peopled with colourful figures and rich in unexpected details, ROME is an exhilarating journey through the story of one of the world's most glorious cities.

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My husband read a review of this book in the New York Times and said he would like to have it. I found the best price on and bought it for him for Christmas. He is in the process of reading the book. Read full review

ROME: A Cultural, Visual, and Personal History

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In the spirit of his Barcelona (1992), the art critic and cultural historian zooms through Roman history, from Romulus and Remus to today.Hughes' (Things I Didn't Know, 2006, etc.) subtitle is a bit ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Robert Hughes (1938-2012) wrote for The Times, The Observer and the Daily Telegraph in London before moving to New York and becoming Time Magazine's art critic. He was also the bestselling author of 'The Fatal Shore' and the originator and narrator of the highly acclaimed TV series and book 'The Shock of the New'.

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