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
RIBA125876Municipal baths, Henry Square, Ashton-under-Lyme: main pool

 
RIBA125877Design for a textile or wallpaper showing cornflowers and leaves

 
RIBA125878Design for a textile or wallpaper showing stylized flowers and leaves


RIBA125879Competition designs for the Assize Courts, Bristol (design A): ground floor plan

 
RIBA125880Competition designs for the Assize Courts, Bristol (design A): first and second floor plans

 
RIBA125881Competition designs for the Assize Courts, Bristol (design A): alternative ground floor plan


RIBA125882Competition designs for the Assize Courts, Bristol (design A): section on line A-B

 
RIBA125883Competition designs for the Assize Courts, Bristol (design A): sections showing proposed new roof to Guildhall Court for light and ventilation

 
RIBA125884Competition designs for the Assize Courts, Bristol (design A): section on line A-B


RIBA125885Competition designs for the Assize Courts, Bristol (design A): section showing window and wall detail

 
RIBA125886Competitions design for the Assize Courts, Bristol (design A): sections showing proposed new roof to Guildhall Court for light and ventilation

 
RIBA125887Competition designs for the Assize Courts, Bristol (design A): front elevation to Small Street


RIBA125888Half-length portrait of a young man in three-quarter profile, possibly by Thomas Gainsborough

 
RIBA125889Sketch of an heroic winged figure seated on a lion looking up to a medallion portrait of King George III with St Paul's Cathedral in the background

 
RIBA125890Sketch of Christ in Majesty


RIBA125891Half-elevation of a dormer with an elaborate decoration of masks, swags, shells and foliage

 
RIBA125892Two half-elevations of dormers at the Chateau of Montceaux

 
RIBA125893Three half-elevations of dormer windows and, below, a semicircular decorative motif


RIBA125894Three half-elevations of dormer windows and, below, a horizontal decorative panel inscribed Monceau

 
RIBA125895Four half-elevations of dormer windows

 
RIBA125896(Top) Round-headed dormer window surmounted by triangular pediment; (below) three half-elevations of decorative elements


RIBA125897Three half-elevations and one whole elevation of dormers with segmental pediments

 
RIBA125898(Top) Two whole and one half-elevation of dormers; (below) part of a three-storey pavilion with part of an adjoining wing to the left

 
RIBA125899Elaborate elevation of a pedimented double dormer window