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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RIBA125900Elevation of double dormer windows surmounted by a large, single triangular pediment with an oeil-de-boeuf in the centre

 
RIBA125901Elevation of one and a half bays of a gallery built over an arcade and with lucarnes and oeils-de-boeuf in the attic storey

 
RIBA125902Elevation of double dormer windows with broken triangular pediment covering both, military trophies on each side, and all surmounted by a fleur-de-lis and ducal coronet


RIBA125903Three half-elevations of dormer windows and (at top right-hand side) half-elevation of a two-storey rusticated facade with steps to the entrance door

 
RIBA125904Two elevations of oeil-de-boeuf lucarnes for an attic storey: the top one is possibly a variation on those of the garden facade of the Petite Galerie of the Louvre, the lower one is from the end facade of the Petite Galerie, facing the Seine

 
RIBA125905One whole elevation and four half-elevations of circular lucarnes with oeils-de-boeuf, as well as a decorated tablet at lower left


RIBA125906One half-elevation of a lucarne with an oval niche surmounted by military trophies

 
RIBA125907Trevi Fountain, Rome, seen from the side

 
RIBA125908Foro Romano, Temple of Vespasian, Rome


RIBA125909So-called Temple of Bacchus, later Church of Sant'Urbano, Rome: exterior view

 
RIBA125910Baths of Caracalla, Rome: interior of the central hall

 
RIBA125911Arch of Janus Quadrifrons with the Arch of the Moneychangers, Rome


RIBA125912St Peter's Square with St Peter's Basilica and colonnades, Rome

 
RIBA125913Capriccio known as The Skeletons

 
RIBA125914Capriccio known as The Triumphal Arch


RIBA125915Capriccio known as The Tomb of Nero

 
RIBA125916Capriccio known as The Monumental Tablet

 
RIBA125917Hellman cartoon in the Architects' Journal for 16 March 1983 on how the architect and his profession is viewed.


RIBA125918Hellman cartoon in the Architects' Journal for 5 September 1984 on how the architect and his profession is viewed.

 
RIBA125919St Saviour's Church, Coalpit Heath, Gloucestershire: south elevation with outline plans of details

 
RIBA125920Rapid sketches of peasants and a more detailed figure of a seated peasant with colour notes


RIBA125921Arch of Claudius, Rome

 
RIBA125922Pantheon, Piazza della Rotonda, Rome

 
RIBA125923Ponte Rotto (Pons Aemilius), Rome