Rome 1600

The City and the Visual Arts under Clement VIII

Clare Robertson

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February 9, 2016
460 pages, 8 1/4 x 11
80 color + 220 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300215298
Hardcover

In 1600 Rome was the center of the artistic world. This fascinating book offers a new look at the art and architecture of the great Baroque city at this time of major innovation—especially in painting, largely owing to the presence of Annibale Carracci (1560–1609) and Caravaggio (1571–1610). Rome was a magnet for artists and architects from all over Europe; they came to study the remains of antiquity and the works of Michelangelo, Raphael, and Bramante. The sheer variety of artists working in the city ensured a diversity of styles and innovative cross-influences. Moreover, 1600 was a Jubilee year, offering numerous opportunities for artistic patronage, whether in major projects like St. Peter’s, or in lesser schemes such as the restoration of older churches. Clare Robertson examines these developments as well as the patronage of the pope and of major Roman families, drawing on a range of contemporary sources and images to reconstruct a snapshot of Rome at this thrilling time.

Clare Robertson is professor of history of art at the University of Reading.

“[Rome 1600]—with its precise information, historical contextualization, and conceptual conclusions—will inspire novel interpretations of the art of the period. . . . [T]his book is impeccable and faultless . . . a colossal, meticulous investigation realized with the most elegant sprezzatura.”—Paolo Alei, Journal of Jesuit Studies

Rome 1600 is a beautiful and lavishly illustrated book that places a vast quantity of material . . . within the reach not only of scholars and graduate students, but also of a general English-speaking reader.”—Frances Gage, Renaissance Quarterly

"Scholars already familiar with the field will appreciate the careful assembly and balanced descriptions of the works and their patronage. Linkages between art and the rest of the city's complicated intellectual, political, and social cultures invite further interdisciplinary exploration."—Elizabeth S. Cohen, Journal of Modern History