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Rome Lost and Found: A Review of Piranesi and the Campus Martius: The Missing Corso – Topography and Archaeology in Eighteenth-Century Rome/Piranesi e il Campo Marzio: Il corso che non c’era – Topografia e archeologia nella Roma del XVIII secolo

Author(s): Jessica Maier

Journal: Architectural Histories
ISSN 2050-5833

Volume: 1;
Issue: 1;
Start page: Art. 13;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: Piranesi | Rome | antiquity | ruins | cartography | reconstruction

Joseph Connors’ study of Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s 'Campus Martius'(1762) is a lively and wide-ranging study in a small package. The primary focus is the centerpiece of Piranesi’s volume: his famous 'Ichnographia 'or plan-map of the Campus Martius in Rome, a grand and intricate foldout etching that has long fascinated scholars. Connors demonstrates that personal observation and archaeological research fed Piranesi’s imagination rather than being at odds with it. In the process, he furnishes a singular glimpse into the mind and thought process of this most alluring of paper architects.
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