Promenades dans Rome

Assembly practices between visions, ruins, and reconstructions

  • Series Biblioteca d'arte, 80
  • Edited by Filippo Fanciotti
  • Binding Paperback with flaps
  • Size 17 x 24 cm
  • Pages 264
  • Illustrations 125
  • Language English
  • Year 2023
  • ISBN 9788836651177
  • Price € 28,00  € 26,60
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For artists and poets, the ‘Roman walk’ was a sublime experience, where the emulation of ancient splendour produced an inner catharsis. Meanwhile, for architects it became fertile territory for the imagination, where the accumulation of layers and objects provided the material for projecting a new city.
The eternal city appears as an interrupted dream, suspended in a time in which past and future have no sequence.
The perpetual presence of antiquity triggers a unique method to interpret and read history, inherent to the city itself: Rome allows no orderly succession of ‘rebirths’, no vanished civilizations. Rome privileges continuity. Ruins fascinate us because they return to their original, elemental nature: only form and only matter. The vestiges of ancient buildings sit outside the flow of events, exempt from their rules, therefore immortal.
Rome, as a monumental Wunderkammer, ‘city built in fragments’, ‘model of additive practice’, ‘atlas of affinities’, and ‘repertoire of analogies’ through a dialectical approach confronting history, theory, criticism, photography, cinema, and architecture, is archaeology in reverse, where it is the city itself that reassembles its own singular, disparate fragments, becoming the largest and most complex work of art in the world.


Nicola Braghieri, Elisa Boeri, Filippo Cattapan, Francesca Mattei, Giacomo Pala, Valter Scelsi.

Gaia Cambiaggi, Nadia Cannata, Paolo Carpi, Vasileios I. Chanis, Giusi Ciotoli, Pierre Coffy, Edina Eszenyi, Marco Falsetti, Angela Fiorelli, Luca Frepoli, Marianna Giannini, Emilia Giorgi, Leonie Groblewski, Micheal Groblewski, Margaret J.-M. Sönmez, Carole Lévesque, Juan López Cano, Jacqueline Maurer, Vincenzo Moschetti, Vittorio Pizzigoni, Florina Pop, Carlo Prati, Chiara Salari, Koenraad Vos, Maia W. Wellington Gahtan.

With images by Filippo Fanciotti and a photo essay by Anna Positano.



Roma, machina analoga: Practices of montage amidst visions, ruins, and reconstructions
Nicola Braghieri

Fragments of the past: Assemblage of histories in early modern Rome
Francesca Mattei

The lesson of eighteenth-century Rome, or the city as a tautegory
Giacomo Pala

Rome by fragments: A brief analysis of the invention and ‘restauration’ of Antiquity between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
Elisa Boeri

Fotocronache Romane: The representations of the city from urban to disciplinary metaphors
Filippo Cattapan


Hiding in Plain Sight
Anna Positano


2.1 Promenades dans l’histoire : Rome as model

Roma quanta fuit ipsa ruina docet
Michael Groblewski

An assemblage of techniques and motifs? Drawings of modern Rome on the back of Étienne Dupérac’s Vestigi dell’antichità di Roma
Luca Frepoli

Rome, eternal model for the invention of Milano Capitale (1797-1848)
Pierre Coffy

The power of an ancient sign: The Servian Walls and the Termini Train Station
Angela Fiorelli

Modus hodiernus: Typological transformations of the Seven Wonders of Ancient Rome
Giusi Ciotoli, Marco Falsetti

Baptising the past: The case of the Castel Sant’Angelo
Edina Eszenyi

Wandering in heterodoxy
Juan López Cano

2.2 Fragments of the past: Rome as museum

From urban incision to Fil Rouge: Via dei Fori Imperiali towards public space and narrative device
Florina Pop

Hyperrealism and imagination in Piranesi: The Prima Parte di Architetture e Prospettive as manifesto
Vittorio Pizzigoni

Carole Lévesque

Reassembling fragments in the Vatican’s Museo Chiaramonti
Koenraad Vos

The Carcer Claudii X Viri and the Templum Pietatis: Fragments of Piranesi’s Campus Martius
Marianna Giannini

Forma Urbis
Paolo Carpi

The Diffuseum in Rome
Nadia Cannata, Maia Wellington Gahtan, Margaret J.-M. Sönmez

2.3 Analogy and display: Rome as machine

If machines could dream, they would want to forget: A contribution to memory studies in the digital age from a modern art-historical perspective
Leonie Groblewski

Acquaroma: Roman promenade at the time of the Anthropocene
Carlo Prati

Follow the Sun: The Estate Romana of Los Angeles ’84
Vincenzo Moschetti

From Rome to Las Vegas: Translating the vernacular in the architectural and photographic research of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott-Brown
Chiara Salari

Rome: A laboratory of unexpected nature
Emilia Giorgi, Gaia Cambiaggi

Rome as Roma: Exploring the idea of the ‘festive’ as a link between the spatial and cinematic representation
Vasileios I. Chanis

The city as context and pretext
Jacqueline Maurer

Valter Scelsi