Eternal City 

Rome in the Photographs Collection of the Royal Institute of British Architects

Rome as ‘eternal city’ has long existed in the British imagination and has represented a rich source of inspiration for artists through the centuries. Once an essential stop of the Grand Tour itinerary in the 17th and 18th centuries, the city became from the mid-19th century an international hub for photographers, ready to train their cameras on the monumental ruins and renowned historical buildings. Since then Rome has been captured on film through many different approaches, some of them influenced by older visual arts such as painting, by cinema, social documentary, photojournalism and street photography. This variety of ‘visions’ were at the core of the exhibition Eternal City: Rome in the Photographs Collection of the Royal Institute of British Architects, which ran at the Vittoriano in Rome from 28 June to 28 October 2018.

The catalogue for the exhibition is available to purchase here.

18 items
RIBA25604St Peter's Basilica, Rome: the main nave showing Bernini's enormous putti and his baldacchino in the far distance

RIBA49833Termini Station, Rome: the arcades of the pre-war block incorporated into the new buildings

RIBA74472Churches of Santa Maria di Loreto and Santissimo Nome di Maria seen from the monument to Vittorio Emanuele II (Il Vittoriano), Rome

RIBA107438Palazzo della Civilta Italiana, Esposizione Universale di Roma [EUR] 1942, Rome

RIBA112794Arch of Septimius Severus, Forum, Rome

RIBA112805Palazzo Falconieri, Rome

RIBA112813Santa Maria in Trastevere, Rome: the dome of the Avila Chapel with four angels appearing to carry the circular tempietto inside the cupola

RIBA112822Colonnade, St Peter's Square, Rome

RIBA112824St Peter's Square, Rome

RIBA112826Colosseum, Rome, from the north-west

RIBA112839Palazzo Senatorio, Piazza del Campidoglio, Rome: the main steps

RIBA112849Steps leading to the Palazzo del Quirinale, Rome

RIBA112941St. Peter's Basilica, Rome: view of the dome behind high retaining walls, with motorcyclist

RIBA113114Santi Nome di Maria and Santa Maria di Loreto, Rome, at night

RIBA113123Casa dei Cavalieri di Rodi (Loggia of the Knights of Rhodes), Rome, looking towards the Torre delle Milizie

RIBA113732Pantheon, Piazza della Rotunda, Rome

RIBA113748Rooftops of Rome seen from the Pincio

RIBA114016The Tiber with the dome of St Peter's and Castel Sant'Angelo, Rome