Rome 1600 The City and the Visual Arts under Clement VIII Clare Robertson

Publication date:
25 Jan 2016
Yale University Press
460 pages: 279 x 210mm
80 color + 220 b-w illus.
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In 1600 Rome was the center of the artistic world. This fascinating book offers a new look at the art and architecture of the great Baroque city at this time of major innovation—especially in painting, largely owing to the presence of Annibale Carracci (1560–1609) and Caravaggio (1571–1610). Rome was a magnet for artists and architects from all over Europe; they came to study the remains of antiquity and the works of Michelangelo, Raphael, and Bramante. The sheer variety of artists working in the city ensured a diversity of styles and innovative cross-influences. Moreover, 1600 was a Jubilee year, offering numerous opportunities for artistic patronage, whether in major projects like St. Peter’s, or in lesser schemes such as the restoration of older churches. Clare Robertson examines these developments as well as the patronage of the pope and of major Roman families, drawing on a range of contemporary sources and images to reconstruct a snapshot of Rome at this thrilling time.

Clare Robertson is professor of history of art at the University of Reading.

“There is no better introduction to the site or its famous Caravaggios. Nor is there a more perceptive guide to the way Rome looked before the age of Bernini”—Theodore K. Rabb, Art Newspaper

“[Rome 1600]—with its precise information, historical contextualization, and conceptual conclusions—will inspire novel interpretations of the art of the period. . . . [T]his book is impeccable and faultless . . . a colossal, meticulousinvestigation realized with the most elegant sprezzatura.”—Paolo Alei, Journal of Jesuit Studies