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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RIBA135054Ashley Building, University of Birmingham (formerly the Faculty of Commerce and Social Science), Birmingham

 
RIBA135055Ashley Building, University of Birmingham (formerly the Faculty of Commerce and Social Science), Birmingham: the spiral staircase

 
RIBA135056Ashley Building, University of Birmingham (formerly the Faculty of Commerce and Social Science), Birmingham: detail of the external spiral staircase


RIBA135057Ashley Building, University of Birmingham (formerly the Faculty of Commerce and Social Science), Birmingham

 
RIBA135058Ashley Building, University of Birmingham (formerly the Faculty of Commerce and Social Science), Birmingham

 
RIBA135059Ashley Building, University of Birmingham (formerly the Faculty of Commerce and Social Science), Birmingham


RIBA135060Ashley Building, University of Birmingham (formerly the Faculty of Commerce and Social Science), Birmingham

 
RIBA135061Ashley Building, University of Birmingham (formerly the Faculty of Commerce and Social Science), Birmingham

 
RIBA135062Ashley Building, University of Birmingham (formerly the Faculty of Commerce and Social Science), Birmingham


RIBA135063Ashley Building, University of Birmingham (formerly the Faculty of Commerce and Social Science), Birmingham: detail of facade

 
RIBA135134BT Tower (formerly the Post Office Tower), 60 Cleveland Street, Fitzrovia, London, at dusk

 
RIBA135135County Hall, South Bank, Lambeth, London


RIBA135136HMV Factory, Station Road, Hayes, London

 
RIBA135137HMS Belfast with Tower Bridge beyond, London

 
RIBA135138Queen's Cottage, Kew Gardens, London


RIBA135139Gaumont State cinema, Kilburn High Road, London, at night

 
RIBA135140Little Venice, London

 
RIBA135141Lloyds, City of London


RIBA135142Lloyds, City of London

 
RIBA135143Kenwood House, Hampstead, London: the south front under snow

 
RIBA135144Harrods Department Store, Knightsbridge, London, at night


RIBA135145Harrods Department Store, Knightsbridge, London, at night

 
RIBA135146Distant view of the City of London skyline showing the Gherkin (Swiss Re 30 St Mary Axe), from 'More London'

 
RIBA135147Distant view of the City of London skyline showing the Gherkin (Swiss Re 30 St Mary Axe), from 'More London'