Architects

Architects

Armando Brasini (1879–1965) – creator of a bombastically draped architecture

Architects

Carlo Maderno (1556–1629) – a sought-after, hard-working and talented architect

Architects

Carlo Rainaldi (1611–1691) – an architect with a love for music

Architects

Domenico Fontana (1543–1607) – an exceptional architect of an entrepreneurial pope

Architects

Donato Bramante (1444 –1514) – a famous wrecker, who changed the face of Rome

Architects

Francesco Borromini (1599–1667) – a distrustful melancholic and an extravagant architect

Architects

Giacomo della Porta (1533–1602), an author of Roman fountains and the most famous façade in the history of art

Architects

Luigi Moretti (1907–1973) – a rationalist, Fascist and postmodern architect

Architects

Marcello Piacentini (1881–1960) – praised and criticized creator of Fascist Rome

Architects

Onorio Longhi (1568–1619) – a vagabond architect

The Mussolini Obelisk – a monument of national amnesia

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The Mussolini Obelisk – a monument of national amnesia

We cross to the other side of the Tiber river, where a snow-white obelisk with a noble form commemorates the leader and creator of the Fascist state – “the Iron Prefect”, and "the spiritual leader of Europe", as the then propaganda referred to him. Film chronicles provided information about each stage of the transport of the marble block from Carrara as it happened, showing the throngs of tired yet joyous Italians who took part in this memorable event. With the eyes of the whole nation upon it, a momentous act of glorification of Mussolini was taking place – "the provid...

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Daniele da Volterra (1509–1566) – sentenced to many years of ridicule

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Daniele da Volterra (1509–1566) – sentenced to many years of ridicule

This artist was remembered for work, which brought him neither fame nor acclaim. However, as a painter and a sculptor he left behind several outstanding works, which for two centuries attracted art enthusiasts from all over Europe. Today we see him only as an imitator of Michelangelo, but also as his violator. And although this opinion is slowly changing, we still cannot fully appreciate his works. Why? Simply because most of it was destroyed and irrecoverably lost.

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The Rospigliosi-Pallavicini Chapel – the posthumous chord of a great Roman dynasty

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The Rospigliosi-Pallavicini Chapel – the posthumous chord of a great Roman dynasty

Multi-colored marbles, gilded stuccos, and exquisite wall intarsias – this is the appearance of one of the chapels of the Church of San Francesco a Ripa. And although this church is mainly known for the masterpiece chiseled by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, we can be sure that the richness of the burial site of one of the greatest Roman families, the Rospigliosi-Pallavicini will also take away our breath. For centuries, the posthumous chapel was one of the principal methods of self-presenting a family in a public location – an integral part showing its significance and prestige. And this wa...

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