Rome: The Golden Centuries unfolds
the magnificent panorama of the Eternal City, long recognized as
thecultural capital of Europe, before the readers’ eyes. Even into the
twentieth century, artists from every corner of the globe were magically
drawn to Rome, which served as their model and inspiration. The great
epochs of occidental art are introduced, with the myriad masterpieces
that have been created here serving as illustrations. The city is home
to an inexhaustible supply of treasures from every area of the fine
Readers can follow the development of Rome and its artworks throughout the centuries; indeed, the course of Western civilization is reflected in the history of this monumental city.
For this book, editor Marco Bussagli gathered a group of renowned archaeologists and art historians to author various sections. Taken as a whole, their contributions allow the reader to take part in the complex changes in the realm of fine arts, architecture, and the development of this unique city.
• Architecture and development of Rome, sculpture and painting, and various forms of small art objects/handiwork
• Comprehensive and well organized outline of the evolution of the city from its earliest history
• Explanation of historical periods by means of Roman masterpieces
• Numerous references to the wider European context