Paper $25.00 ISBN: 9780943056371 Published May 2008

The Virtual Tourist in Renaissance Rome

Printing and Collecting the Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae

Edited by Rebecca Zorach

Edited by Rebecca Zorach

Distributed for the University of Chicago Library

176 pages | 100 halftones | 8-1/2 x 10 | © 2008
Paper $25.00 ISBN: 9780943056371 Published May 2008
In 1540 Antonio Lafreri, a native of Besançon transplanted to Rome, began publishing maps and other printed images that depicted major monuments and antiquities in Rome. These prints—of statues and ruined landscapes, inscriptions and ornaments, reconstructed monuments and urban denizens—evoked ancient Rome and appealed to the taste for classical antiquity that defined the Renaissance. Collections of these prints came to be known as the Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae, the “Mirror of Roman Magnificence.”
Published in conjunction with an exhibition of the University of Chicago Library’s Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae, the largest collection of its kind in the world, The Virtual Tourist in Renaissance Rome places 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.
Katherine M. Bentz | Renaissance Quarterly
"As it explores verious aspects of the historical context, reception and influence of Lafreri's prints, the catalogue is informative and interesting, particularly for those unfamiliar with Lafreri and issues concerning the 'reproductive print' in this period."
Contents

Preface

 

Acknowledgements

 

Introduction

 

            The Virtual Tourist in Renaissance Rome—and Beyond   REBECCA ZORACH

 

ESSAYS

 

Three Prints of Inscriptions—Antonio Lafreri and His Contact with Jean Matal   BIRTE RUBACH

 

Printing and Protecting Ancient Remains in the Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae   DAVID KARMON

 

Restoration and Translation in Juan de Valverde’s Historia de la composision del cuerpo humano   ROSE MARIE SAN JUAN

 

            The Public Utility of Prints   REBECCA ZORACH

 

            Anti-Edifice: Jean Barbault’s Rome Moderne   NINA DUBIN

 

CATALOGUE

 

INGRID GREENFIELD, KRISTINE HESS, IVA OLAH, ANN PATNAUDE, RAINBOW PORTHÉ, REBECCA ZORACH

 

1.      The Topography of New and Old Rome

INTERMEZZO I: THE COLOSSEUM

 

2.      Artists, Techniques, Uses

INTERMEZZO II: THE RENAISSANCE IMAGINATION

 

3.      Antiquarian Publishing and Architectural Reconstruction

INTERMEZZO III: ROMAN RELIGION

 

4.      Sculpture

INTERMEZZO IV: SEX AND CENSORSHIP

 

5.      Telling History Visually

INTERMEZZO V: THE GRAND TOUR

 

6.      Obelisks, Egypt, and the Urban Space of Rome

INTERMEZZO VI: STAGING AND FRAMING SCENES OF ROME

 

Checklist: Books

 

Checklist: Prints

 

 

Bibliography

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