The Virtual Tourist in Renaissance Rome: Printing and Collecting the Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-05-15
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr

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In 1540 Antonio Lafreri, a native of Besancon transplanted to Rome, began publishing maps and other printed images that depicted major monuments and antiquities in Rome. These printsof statues and ruined landscapes, inscriptions and ornaments, reconstructed monuments and urban denizensevoked ancient Rome and appealed to the taste for classical antiquity that defined the Renaissance. Collections of these prints came to be known as theSpeculum Romanae Magnificentiae, the "Mirror of Roman Magnificence." Published in conjunction with an exhibition of the University of Chicago Library'sSpeculum Romanae Magnificentiae, the largest collection of its kind in the world,The Virtual Tourist in Renaissance Romeplaces these prints in their historical context and examines their publishing history. Editor Rebecca Zorach traces their journey from their creators and publishers to pilgrims, collectors, antiquarians, and dealers"virtual tourists" who, over several centuries, revisited and reinvented the Renaissance image of Rome. A marvelous exploration of a rich collection of engravings and etchings, this illustrated volume will fascinate anyone interested in Renaissance Rome, the history of print collecting, the reception of antiquity, and tourism.

Author Biography

Rebecca Zorach is associate professor of art history at the University of Chicago and the author of Blood, Milk, Ink, Gold: Abundance and Excess in the French Renaissance

Table of Contents

The Virtual Tourist in Renaissance Rome - and Beyondp. 11
Three Prints of Inscriptions - Antonio Lafreri and His Contact with Jean Matalp. 25
Printing and Protecting Ancient Remains in the Speculum Romanae Magnificentiaep. 37
Restoration and Translation in Juan de Valverde's: Historia de la composision del cuerpo humanep. 53
The Public Utility of Printsp. 63
Anti-Edifice: Jean Barbault's Rome Modernep. 85
The Topography of New and Old Romep. 96
Intermezzo I: The Colosseum
Artists, Techniques, Usesp. 106
Intermezzo II: The Renaissance Imagination
Antiquarian Publishing and Architectural Reconstructionp. 117
Intermezzo III: Roman Religion
Sculpturep. 125
Intermezzo IV: Sex and Censorship
Telling History Visuallyp. 134
Intermezzo V: The Grand Tour
Obelisks, Egypt, and the Urban Space of Romep. 143
Intermezzo VI: Staging and Framing Scenes of Rome
Checklist: Booksp. 163
Checklist: Printsp. 168
Bibliographyp. 173
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