Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist
Look Inside Roman House - Renaissance Palaces

Roman House - Renaissance Palaces
Inventing Antiquity in Fifteenth-Century Italy

Out of Print

Award Winner

Part of Architecture in Early Modern Italy

  • Date Published: October 2003
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print May 2006
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521770088

Out of Print

Unavailable - out of print May 2006
Unavailable Add to wishlist

Looking for an inspection copy?

This title is not currently available on inspection

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • During the course of the fifteenth century, many prominent patrons of architecture in Italy sought to identify themselves with ancient Romans. Their exploration of antique models and sources was undertaken in partnership with architects and humanists and had a profound impact on the design, construction and refurbishment of city palaces. In this study, Georgia Clarke examines the fifteenth-century patrons' fascination with ancient texts and how the physical remains of ancient Italy were understood. Theories of variety, magnificence, and imitation, based on classical writings, were essential to this enterprise, which found concrete expression in built architecture. Close analysis of ancient and Renaissance text, architects' drawings, and examples of palace buildings across Italy demonstrate how fundamental these different elements are to our understanding of both Renaissance architecture and its cultural context.

    • Unparalleled knowledge of buildings and writings of ancient Rome and Renaissance Italy
    • Accessible, but scholarly, accounts of a broad spectrum of cultural and architectual issues
    • Geographical range includes, but moves beyond, the usual centres of Florence, Rome and Venice
    Read more


    • Honorable mention for the Salembini Prize 2003

    Reviews & endorsements

    'Dr Clarke has provided a mass of useful material, organised in five chapters, with a vital concluding end-section. The generous number of illustrations fits well with the text. This is a thorough appraisal of antique texts, Renaissance theorists and patrons and their responses to Roman ruins in the building of 15th-century palaces. … this will be a useful book for advanced students of 15th-century Italian palace architecture and visitors to these buildings, who wish to know more about 15th-century ideas of antiquity.' The Art Newspaper

    '… will appeal to an audience interested in both Renaissance architecture and culture and in the survival of classical texts and remains … an impressively researched, well produced and elegantly illustrated book.' The Art Book

    'Clarke's careful bibliography is a reliable vademecum to this field … highly readable and erudite text …' Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians

    'Clarke examines a rich collection of texts, both ancient and modern, as well as images which she relates to formal and ideological concerns surrounding the ancient and modern house. Clarke's range of texts and examples is impressive. ... much is new, or is given new expression...' The Burlington Magazine

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2003
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521770088
    • length: 412 pages
    • dimensions: 286 x 221 x 28 mm
    • weight: 1.543kg
    • contains: 178 b/w illus. 9 colour illus.
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print May 2006
  • Table of Contents

    1. Antiquity and identity
    2. Variety, magnificence and imitation
    3. The ancient houses - texts
    4. Discovering and recording ancient houses
    5. Creating all'antica palaces
    6. Conclusion: emulation and a new architecture.

  • Author

    Georgia Clarke, Courtauld Institute of Art, London


    • Honorable mention for the Salembini Prize 2003

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×
warning icon

Turn stock notifications on?

You must be signed in to your Cambridge account to turn product stock notifications on or off.

Sign in Create a Cambridge account arrow icon

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.