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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RIBA125843Studies of flowers: a forget-me-not, geranium, hearts ease, dragons tongue and a sweet pea

 
RIBA125844Studies of flowers: anenomes and a tulip

 
RIBA125845Studies of flowers: gentians and geraniums


RIBA125846Studies for an allegorical ceiling painting relating to the City of London: design for a central oval

 
RIBA125847Studies for an allegorical ceiling painting relating to the City of London: design for a central oval

 
RIBA125848Studies for an allegorical ceiling painting relating to the City of London: design for a central oval with the corner figures labelled as 'Fortitude', 'Justice', 'Temperance', and 'Prudence'


RIBA125849Studies for an allegorical ceiling painting relating to the City of London: design for a central oval with the corner figures labelled as 'Fortitude', 'Justice', 'Temperance', and 'Prudence'

 
RIBA125850Studies for allegorical ceiling paintings: representations of four continents in trope l'oeil niches, Europe, Asia, Africa, America

 
RIBA125851Studies for allegorical ceiling paintings: representations of four continents in trope l'oeil niches, Europe, Asia, Africa, America


RIBA125852Three elevations and two half-elevations of dormer windows and (lower left-hand) a half-elevation of a dormer window at the Chateau de Cormatin

 
RIBA125853Five half-elevations of dormer windows

 
RIBA125854Three half-elevations of windows, the two to the left possibly alternative designs


RIBA125855Three half-elevations of windows and (lower left) whole elevation of upper part of a window or other opening, with (lower right) detail of the console

 
RIBA125856(Left-hand side and top centre) Half-elevation of a two-storey facade and dormer from the attic storey of this facade, both inscribed Sedan; (lower centre) half-elevation of a rusticated window; (right top) three-quarter elevation of a heavily rusticated window, inscribed Geneve; (right bottom) half-elevation of a rusticated window and part of the opening above it

 
RIBA125857Two half-elevations of rusticated windows


RIBA125858Two half-elevations of windows

 
RIBA125859One whole and three half-elevations of dormers

 
RIBA125860(Left) Half-elevation of a dormer on a base with console, semi-circular pediment shown in full elevation with an elaborate cartouche surmounted by a knight's helmet and plumes; (right) half-elevation of the upper part of a dormer with broken pediment with a cartouche surmounted itself with a broken pediment with foliage motif


RIBA125861Designs for the British Embassy, Washington, D.C.: layout of house and garden with levels

 
RIBA125862Design for a wallpaper entitled 'Angelic Forest'

 
RIBA125863Designs for Methodist Central Hall, Storey's Gate, Westminster, London: detail section at CC, looking east, showing side galleries to large hall and corbels at angles


RIBA125864Designs for Methodist Central Hall, Storey's Gate, Westminster, London: designs for completion of east front

 
RIBA125865Designs for Methodist Central Hall, Storey's Gate, Westminster, London: plan at level A

 
RIBA125866Designs for Methodist Central Hall, Storey's Gate, Westminster, London: plan at level B