Introduction

When In Rome: Prints & Photographs, 1550–1900 examines the many ways the city of Rome has been pictured.  From sixteenth-century engravings to nineteenth-century photographs, the works in the exhibition document the changing face of Rome and its architecture using a variety of techniques and stylistic approaches. Including more than 50 engravings, etchings, and photographs, the exhibition focuses on a number of emblematic monuments—such as the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and the Trevi Fountain—which have come to represent Rome in the popular imagination.

In addition to presenting viewers with the major sites and monuments of Rome, the exhibition is structured to allow direct comparisons among works created over a span of four centuries.  Images of the same monuments can be visually compared and considered from the perspective of different aesthetic, historical, and philosophical viewpoints across time and media.  When in Rome opens up the subject of the Eternal—but ever-changing—City from multiple vantage points.

 

 

 

Image: Giuseppe Vasi. Italian, 1710–1782. Prospetto del’ alma cittá di Roma dal Monte Gianicolo (View of the city of Rome from the Janiculum Hill), 1765. Etching. Collection of Vincent J. Buonanno