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Why were seventeenth-century antiquarians so spectacularly wrong? Even if they knew what ancient monuments looked like, they deliberately distorted the representation of them in print. Deciphering the printed reconstructions of Giacomo Lauro and Athanasius Kircher, this pioneering study uncovers an antiquity born with print culture itself and from the need to accommodate competitive publishers, ambitious patrons and powerful popes. By analysing the elements of fantasy in Lauro and Kircher's archaeological visions, new levels of meaning appear. Instead of being testimonies of failed archaeology, they emerge as complex architectural messages responding to moral, political, and religious issues of the day. This book combines several histories - print, archaeology, and architecture - in the attempt to identify early modern strategies of recovering lost Rome. Many books have been written on antiquity in the Renaissance, but this book defines an antiquity that is particularly Baroque.Read more
- Offers a broad, interdisciplinary approach to Roman antiquity, combining the history of print and architecture and the history of history itself
- Readers are encouraged to rethink the idea of the Baroque and will find new and complex meanings behind the Baroque as a period and as a concept
- Argues that print culture itself is responsible for the altered look of antique architecture in publications
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'Tschudi has examined forty copies of Lauro for this extremely well-researched book. He has immersed himself not only in the Renaissance antiquarian texts, but also in the literature on the highly competitive Roman print industry. There are remarkable insights at every turn. … This thoughtful, elegantly written book has demonstrated that in our post-truth world scholarship should make room for Lauro too.' Joseph Connors, Renaissance Quarterly
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- Date Published: September 2016
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781107149861
- length: 320 pages
- dimensions: 262 x 188 x 20 mm
- weight: 0.88kg
- contains: 100 b/w illus. 8 colour illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. The archaeology of prints
2. Custom-made Rome
3. Moral monuments
4. Peter versus Jupiter
5. Father Kircher's retreats
6. Christ in Tivoli.
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