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Rome. Portrait of a City

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Rome is the city where past and present, spectacle and the everyday collide around every corner; where Baroque drama flourishes alongside ancient classical wonders; where necks crane to admire Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel; and where Fellini immortalized la dolce vita. This photographic portrait of Rome brings you all the history and all the wonders of an incomparable cultural capital.
Hardcover9.8 x 13.4 in.8.27 lb486 pages
XL books are at least 34 cm (13.4 in.) high, with the exception of landscape-format titles
Rome. Portrait of a City

Rome. Portrait of a City


Città Eterna

A photographic portrait of Rome

This hefty 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 café 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.
The author

Giovanni Fanelli, professor of Architecture History at the University of Florence, is the author of several works of architectural history, urban history, graphic arts and photography, translated into several languages; he has been the Scientific Director of the Fondazione Ragghianti (Lucca) and is series editor for a number of titles of Laterza publishers (Rome).

Rome. Portrait of a City
Hardcover25 x 34 cm3.75 kg486 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-6271-3

Edition: Multilingual (English, French, German)
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7 Ratings

Great portrait of the eternal city

Jaap,October 31, 2021
Beautiful photos of Rome. As a returning visitor to Rome this is the perfect book to fill up the time between visits!

Rome. Portrait of a City

Radko,October 28, 2021
Simply marvelous ...

Soul of a city

Gill,October 27, 2021
Wonderful illustrated history of the people , places and times of the Eternal City. Not just the tourist places but the soul of a city and its people.

Susan,November 7, 2023
Nightmare delivery from Germany.

Magnifique Portrait

Eric B.,July 11, 2023
Superbe ouvrage, photos magnifiques, un superbe voyage dans la capital à travers les âges

La gran belleza

Miguel Ángel,October 29, 2021
La ciudad eterna y su belleza plasmada en esta maravilla de libro. Dan más ganas aún de ir!