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Rome: José Gelabert-Navia (World's Great Cities) (Hardcover)

Rome: José Gelabert-Navia (World's Great Cities) By José Grlabert-Navia (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), José Gelabert-Navia, Oscar Riera Ojeda (Editor) Cover Image
By José Grlabert-Navia (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), José Gelabert-Navia, Oscar Riera Ojeda (Editor)
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Livy wrote that two brothers, Romulus and Remus, set out to build the city that we now know as Rome. Romulus, who had murdered his brother, decided on the current site of the Palatine Hill. From here rose a city that was not only the administrative capital of the greatest empire of the ancient world, but also the very symbol of that empire. Augustus famously said: "I found the city built of brick and left it built of marble."

During the Renaissance, the Medici, Borgia, and Farnese Popes sought legitimacy for their newfound role as heads of the Catholic Church by engaging the greatest architects of the Renaissance and the Baroque period: Michelangelo, Bernini, and Borromini. In the 20th Century Benito Mussolini realized, like the Roman emperors and the Renaissance Popes before him, that he could write his story into the fabric of the city. His vision for the Terza Roma included the opening of grand avenues and the reclaiming of ancient monuments.

The Spanish philosopher George Santayana spent the last years of his life in Rome. I would invariably follow his itineraries. As I sketched I often thought of Santayana's words: "Many things depended on the time of day and the weather for their full effect, as landscape necessarily does, and great weathered works of architecture become part of the landscape and move the mind to poetry, not to pedantic criticism." It is this spirit I have sought to capture in the drawings in this collection.

About the Author

Jose A. Gelabert-Navia is a Professor and former Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Miami. A graduate of Cornell University, Jose has been part of the Faculty since 1981. His primary teaching focus has been in the areas of Architectural Design and History of Colonialism and Globalization in Architecture. He was the founder of the School's Rome Program and as part of it, he teaches a course in Italian Culture every Spring. Prof. Gelabert-Navia has been the author of numerous articles and has also been a practicing architect, directing the Miami office of Perkins + Will. He has lectured in Europe and Latin America, most recently on the Sustainable Hospital in Brasilia and in Santiago, Chile this year.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781946226761
ISBN-10: 1946226769
Publisher: Oscar Riera Ojeda Publishers
Publication Date: September 28th, 2023
Pages: 25
Language: English