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’ is at the core of the exhibition Eternal City: Rome in the Photographs Collection of the Royal Institute of British Architects, at the Vittoriano in Rome until the 28 October 2018.

The catalogue for the exhibition is available to purchase here.

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Arch of Septimius Severus, Forum, RomeRIBA112794

Casa dei Cavalieri di Rodi (Loggia of the Knights of Rhodes), Rome, looking towards the Torre delle MilizieRIBA113123

Churches of Santa Maria di Loreto and Santissimo Nome di Maria seen from the monument to Vittorio Emanuele II (Il Vittoriano), RomeRIBA74472

Colonnade, St Peter's Square, RomeRIBA112822

Colosseum, Rome, from the north-westRIBA112826

Palazzo della Civilta Italiana, Esposizione Universale di Roma [EUR] 1942, RomeRIBA107438

Palazzo Falconieri, RomeRIBA112805

Palazzo Senatorio, Piazza del Campidoglio, Rome: the main stepsRIBA112839

Pantheon, Piazza della Rotunda, RomeRIBA113732

Rooftops of Rome seen from the PincioRIBA113748

Santa Maria in Trastevere, Rome: the dome of the Avila Chapel with four angels appearing to carry the circular tempietto inside the cupolaRIBA112813

Santi Nome di Maria and Santa Maria di Loreto, Rome, at nightRIBA113114

St Peter's Basilica, Rome: the main nave showing Bernini's enormous putti and his baldacchino in the far distanceRIBA25604

St Peter's Square, RomeRIBA112824

St. Peter's Basilica, Rome: view of the dome behind high retaining walls, with motorcyclistRIBA112941

Steps leading to the Palazzo del Quirinale, RomeRIBA112849

Termini Station, Rome: the arcades of the pre-war block incorporated into the new buildingsRIBA49833

The Tiber with the dome of St Peter's and Castel Sant'Angelo, RomeRIBA114016