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.

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RIBA125780Elaborate small design for a variation on the fleur-de-lis motif

 
RIBA125781Two putti, winged, with bows and quivers, fighting over a palm frond

 
RIBA125782Three half-designs for cartouches


RIBA125783Female allegorical figure, robed, standing on a pedestal, holding in her raised left hand a wreath

 
RIBA125784Half the front elevation of a gateway with the side elevation at the right

 
RIBA125785Half the front elevation of a gateway with the side elevation at the right


RIBA125786Half-front elevation of a doorway of the Villa Sforza with its side elevation to the right

 
RIBA125787Top part only of a door on the Campidoglio

 
RIBA125788Half-elevation of a gateway in a screen


RIBA125789Two half-elevations of an entrance

 
RIBA125790Four designs apparently for wall panels with, at the bottom, a winged figure with a helmet at his feet

 
RIBA125791(Left) Half the front elevation of an arched entrance, the entablature supported by a winged herm; side elevation of the same at right; (right) design for an overmantel


RIBA125792Elevation of an entrance doorway or gateway with an entablature supported by winged herms

 
RIBA125793Elevation of an arched entrance with alternate designs right and left, the cypher P and reversed B in a laurel wreath over the curved pediment common to both designs; to the right, the side elevation of the entablature supported by winged figure with console base

 
RIBA125794Design for the Economist Building, 25 St James's Street, London: revised plans for the bank building


RIBA125795Competition design for the development of Beachlands, Hayling Island, Hampshire: aerial perspective

 
RIBA125796Competition designs for baths and wash-houses, New Islington, Manchester: plan and perspective

 
RIBA125797Competition designs for baths and wash-houses, New Islington, Manchester: ground floor plan


RIBA125798Competition designs for baths and wash-houses, New Islington, Manchester: south-west, north-east and south-east elevations

 
RIBA125799Competition designs for baths and wash-houses, New Islington, Manchester: sections

 
RIBA125800Competition design for public baths, library and fire station, Gorton Road, Reddish, Stockport: perspective from the north-west


RIBA125801Designs for Montpellier Rotunda (or Pump Room) and for alterations and additions, Montpellier Spa, Cheltenham, for Henry Thompson Esq.: unexecuted design for newly exposed side elevation to the 'New Gloucester Road' (Lansdown Place)

 
RIBA125802Designs, as executed, for Putney Swimming Baths, Upper Richmond Road and Dryburgh Road, Wandsworth, London, for Wandsworth Borough Council: site plan

 
RIBA125803Designs, as executed, for Putney Swimming Baths, Upper Richmond Road and Dryburgh Road, Wandsworth, London, for Wandsworth Borough Council: sections