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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RIBA125996Designs for the interior remodelling and decorating of 10 Carlton House Terrace, St James's, London, for Matthew White Ridley, 2nd Viscount Ridley: sections looking east and north of the secondary stair

 
RIBA125997Designs for the interior remodelling and decorating of 10 Carlton House Terrace, St James's, London, for Matthew White Ridley, 2nd Viscount Ridley: plans of the secondary stair

 
RIBA125998Designs for the interior remodelling and decorating of 10 Carlton House Terrace, St James's, London, for Matthew White Ridley, 2nd Viscount Ridley: plan of the marble paving in the hall


RIBA125999Designs for the interior remodelling and decorating of 10 Carlton House Terrace, St James's, London, for Matthew White Ridley, 2nd Viscount Ridley: elevations of the departure of the main stair

 
RIBA126000Designs for the interior remodelling and decorating of 10 Carlton House Terrace, St James's, London, for Matthew White Ridley, 2nd Viscount Ridley: newel post of main staircase

 
RIBA126001Designs for the interior remodelling and decorating of 10 Carlton House Terrace, St James's, London, for Matthew White Ridley, 2nd Viscount Ridley: longitudinal section


RIBA126002Designs for the Orangery, Hestercombe House, near Taunton, Devon, for the the Hon. E. W. B. Portman: plan, elevations and section

 
RIBA126003Designs for the Orangery, Hestercombe House, near Taunton, Devon, for the the Hon. E. W. B. Portman: plan and elevations of the four faces of the orangery and of the panelling layout inside the orangery

 
RIBA126004Sketch design for a cemetery or war memorial, incorporating the Great War Cross and the Great War Stone (or Stone of Remembrance)


RIBA126005Designs for Westminster College, Harcourt Hill, Oxford: site plan from the south

 
RIBA126006Designs for Westminster College, Harcourt Hill, Oxford: roof details of chapel

 
RIBA126007Designs for Westminster College, Harcourt Hill, Oxford: elevation and details of oak entrance gates


RIBA126008Designs for Westminster College, Harcourt Hill, Oxford: full-size sections through spire moulding

 
RIBA126009Designs for Westminster College, Harcourt Hill, Oxford: unidentified entrance with the College motto 'Virtute et Fide' (Through Virtue and Faith) above the door

 
RIBA126010Designs for Westminster College, Harcourt Hill, Oxford: details of chapel belfry and spire


RIBA126011Designs for Westminster College, Harcourt Hill, Oxford: design for stone commemorating the transfer of the College from London to Oxford

 
RIBA126012Designs for a house, Elstree Hill, Bromley, London, for Dr Fritz Saxl and Dr Gertrud Bing: plans, elevations and sections

 
RIBA126013Designs for Warburg Institute Library, Thames House, Millbank, London: plan


RIBA126014Designs for Warburg Institute Library, Thames House, Millbank, London: plan, elevations, section and detail for a lantern stand

 
RIBA126015Designs for Warburg Institute Library, Thames House, Millbank, London: plan with layout notes

 
RIBA126016Designs for garden ornaments: sketch design for pedestal and flower vase made in majolica and terracotta


RIBA126017Designs for garden ornaments: sketch design for pedestal and flower vase made in majolica and terracotta

 
RIBA126018Designs for 'Land's End' (now 'Carrygate'), a house, Gaulby, Leicestershire, for C. R. Keene, Esq.: ground floor and site plan

 
RIBA126019Designs for 'Land's End' (now 'Carrygate'), a house, Gaulby, Leicestershire, for C. R. Keene, Esq.: revised design for layout of the garden