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Habel considers the urban development of Rome in the mid-seventeenth century under Alexander VII, suggesting that the Chigi pope masterminded a new conceptualization of the city grounded in the architectural formulas of late antique Roman Asia. Habel argues that these planning methods contributed formally and iconographically to the architectural future of Rome. Incorporating in-depth archival sources, working and presentational drawings, and the physical fabric of key monuments and their situation within the topography of Rome, Habel's study offers a new and innovative model for histories of urban architecture and planning.Read more
- Identifies the urban and architectural builders of seventeenth-century Rome, including major patrons and architects
- Includes close readings of Rome's physical fabric - the topographical relationships between individual buildings and between zones of the city
- Offers a methodologically innovative fusion of information gleaned from both published and unpublished sources
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"In her ambitious and thorough study of urban planning in Rome under Pope Alexander VII Chigi (1655-67), Dorothy Metzger Habel traces the evolution of six papal building projects from conception to fruition (or abandonment), revealing a unity between them that is not apparent in general-audience books on the subject." Renaissance QuarterlySee more reviews
"Metzger Habel offers a fascinating look at the building project and planning of Rome as conceived and guided by Pope Alexander VII, 1655-67..... She thoroughly analyzes the physical characteristics of the sites, the relationship between buildings, and, in some cases, the use of architectural formulae from late Roman architecture. The 223 illustrations are as important as her exemplary text.... Highly recommended." Choice
"Archival resources are so numerous that Habel has been able to create a detailed chronology...Habel has also spent a great deal of time carefully surveying a number of different sites..." Sixteenth Century Journal
"A wealth of primary material is referred to...Habel is clearly master of the various primary sources." Urban Morphology
"This carefully crafted and meticulously-written book assembles a wealth of visual and documentary evidence in support of its thesis" - Philip Gavitt, Sant Louis University
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- Date Published: September 2002
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521772648
- length: 446 pages
- dimensions: 255 x 182 x 30 mm
- weight: 1.16kg
- contains: 223 b/w illus.
- availability: Unavailable - out of print June 2014
Table of Contents
1. Palazzo del Quirinale: 'In Stato di Regia Magnificenza'
2. Piazza del Popolo and the Genesis of Alexander VII's Program for Via del Corso
3. Piazza S. Marco: 'Al Capo del Corso'
4. Via del Corso and the Search for a Chigi Family Palace
6. Via del Corso: 'Viam Latam Feriatae Urbis Hippodromum'
6. Piazza S. Pietro: 'Una Macchina Cosi Grande'
7. Roma Alessandrina.
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