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.

108600 items
RIBA125684Two half-elevations of rusticated, arched entrances, one with curved pediment and the other with triangular pediment

 
RIBA125685Elevation of an arched entrance supported on piers having a keystone with lion mask, broken segmental pediment with blank cartouche and surmounted by a triangular pediment

 
RIBA125686Drawing of Flora in a garden with architectural details in the background


RIBA125687Elevation of a window or possibly an opening in an entrance screen, possibly for the Chateau de Montceaux

 
RIBA125688Two half-elevations for doorways

 
RIBA125689Seven drawings of entablatures


RIBA125690Drawings of five cornices and a profile

 
RIBA125691Two half-elevations of doorways with tables and pediments above

 
RIBA125692Two half-elevations of doorways


RIBA125693Design for the central doorway of an entrance screen with plan beneath and alternative designs to left and right

 
RIBA125694Design for a fountain, Royal Dairy, Frogmore, Windsor

 
RIBA125695Designs for alterations and additions to the existing house, Scarisbrick Hall, Lancashire: ground floor plan showing proposed alterations


RIBA125696Design for an unidentified classical pavilion

 
RIBA125697Design model for the Fitzwilliam Chapel, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

 
RIBA125698Design model for the Fitzwilliam Chapel, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge


RIBA125699Design model for the Fitzwilliam Chapel, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

 
RIBA125700Design model for the Fitzwilliam Chapel, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

 
RIBA125701Design model for the Fitzwilliam Chapel, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge


RIBA125702Design model for the Fitzwilliam Chapel, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

 
RIBA125703Design model for Cardiff Bay Visitors' Centre, Cardiff

 
RIBA125704Design model for Cardiff Bay Visitors' Centre, Cardiff


RIBA125705Design model for Cardiff Bay Visitors' Centre, Cardiff

 
RIBA125706Design model for Cardiff Bay Visitors' Centre, Cardiff

 
RIBA125707Design model for Cardiff Bay Visitors' Centre, Cardiff