Rome of the Renaissance and To-Day

Rome of the Renaissance and To-Day

Rome of the Renaissance and To-Day

Rome of the Renaissance and To-Day

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The title of the present volume can not claim to cover all the matter which it contains. For, though the following chapters deal in the main with Renaissance and post- Renaissance Rome, the topographical and historical aspect at any particular epoch of a city of which the most remarkable characteristic is continuity cannot be considered in isolation and independently of antecedent conditions. No other existing to-day has passed through so many phases of change. In an evolution of more than two and a half thousand years its transformation has been alternately accelerated or retarded, and acceleration has corresponded with manifestations of exceptional social or political activity. This was conspicuous in the second half of the 15th century when the efflorescence of the Renaissance rejuvenated the squalid wreckage of the Middle Age. But at no period has the hand of change dealt so rapidly and drastically with the venerable city as it has, after a considerable interval of stagnation, during the last fifty years. The object which the author has had in view in adventuring on one more book about Rome has accordingly been to indicate to English readers what the spirit of the Renaissance has left there, and the processes of transformation to which churches and buildings of earlier times still surviving in 1500 were subjected, especially in post-Renaissance days.

Separate chapters have been devoted to each of the fifteen Regions. They have been compiled from notes made over many years recording personal observations and impressions, amplified by information derived from a large number of volumes old and new, including a collection of very early guide-books in the author's possession. The material available for the elucidation of even this limited . . .

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