Roman districts

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Aventine Hill – a place of peace, harmony and spiritual enrichment

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Campo de’Fiori – a field full of flowers, bloodbaths, and market stalls

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Città Universitaria – the pride of Fascists: between academic monumentalism and rationalism

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Foro Italico – an enclave of the cult of Mussolini and his empire

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Forum of Augustus (Forum Augustum) – a complex in his own honor and that of religion

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Forum Boarium – an ancient place of trade and cult

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Forum of Caesar (Forum Iulium) – discreet ambitions of a dictator, meaning a square in his own honor

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Forum of Nerva – an unfinished work of a condemned emperor

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Catacombs of St. Agnes – burial in the shadow of a famous martyr

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Small Aventine – in search of ancient and early Christian Rome

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Piazza Augusto Imperatore – in the service of historical policy

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Piazza del Popolo – the calling card of the city: a prestigious, elegant and representative location

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Piazza della Madonna dei Monti – a place not for tourists, picturesque and lively

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Piazza della Rotonda – the tribulation of popes, a square cleaned for centuries

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Piazza di San Pietro – an ingenious idea of two visionaries

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Piazza Navona – from a stadium to a representative salon of the pope

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Piazza Venezia – the vibrant heart of Rome

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Via dei Fori Imperiali – an axis with political and ideological roots

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Via della Conciliazione – a road to reconciliation, and at the same time the beginning of a new era for the Church

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Villa Aldobrandini – a place of respite over the city teeming with life

Carlo Saraceni’s Madonna and Child with St. Anne – an everyday life scene and… a dove

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Carlo Saraceni’s Madonna and Child with St. Anne – an everyday life scene and… a dove

The little boy seated upon his mother's lap grabs at the clothes of an old woman standing next to them, who seems to be wanting to free herself from his grasp. She herself in a rather brutal way, holds a dove by one wing in her left hand. The mother raises her finger admonishing the child. Where do we know this from? Right in front of our eyes, an everyday scene takes place in which the main participants are the grandmother, the mother, and a playful little boy. And only the dove arouses anxiety – what is the old woman intending to do with it? Is she trying to get the child interested in...

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Pierre Le Gros (1666–1719) – the dramatically halted magnificent Roman career

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Pierre Le Gros (1666–1719) – the dramatically halted magnificent Roman career

After the death of Gian Lorenzo Bernini, there came the time of monumentalism in the spirit of Classicism among Roman sculptors. The art of Le Gros was at the other end of this phenomenon. The statues which he completed with unimaginable virtuosity, eccentric in their form, seemed to be living their own life full of convulsions. They were the last breath of a grand style, which we usually refer to as late Baroque.

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The Funerary Monument of Pope Gregory XV – a breath of subtle Jesuit propaganda

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The Funerary Monument of Pope Gregory XV – a breath of subtle Jesuit propaganda

The majesty, grandeur, and splendor of the monument of the posthumous glory of Gregory XV cannot be expressed in words. And it would be impossible to find another similarly triumphant monument even in the papal necropolis, meaning the Basilica of San Pietro in Vaticano. It is also hard to believe that, it immortalizes the pope who had not distinguished himself in any special way, one who held power in the Vatican for merely twenty-eight months. However, the monument was to not so much immortalize him but more importantly serve another much more pragmatic purpose – a propaganda and advert...

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