Book Series The Paper Museum of Cassiano dal Pozzo. Series A: Antiquities and Architecture , vol. 2.1

Mosaics and Wallpaintings in Roman Churches

John Osborne, Amanda Claridge

  • Pages: 384 p.
  • Size:220 x 285 mm
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2000

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  • ISBN: 978-1-872501-62-8
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This collection of drawings and watercolours of the mosaics and wallpaintings of early medieval churches in Rome forms an important part of the Paper Museum, since it sheds much light on the nature and scope of antiquarianism in Italy at the time of the Counter-Reformation.

Review(s)

"An important volume which adds very considerably to our knowledge of Late Antique and medieval Rome and its fortuna." (Burlington Magazine)

"All those with an interest in medieval Italy can consider themselves fortunate that the industry of the authors has produced these splendid volumes." (Art Newspaper)

Summary

This collection of drawings and watercolours of the mosaics and wallpaintings of early medieval churches in Rome forms an important part of the paper Museum, since it sheds much light on the nature and scope of antiquarianism in Italy at the time of the Counter-Reformation. The drawings and watercolours catalogued and illustrated here are all in the Royal Collection, Windsor Castle, and are mostly by the artist Antonio Eclissi. The reproductions are generally in full colour, and frequently accompanied by illustrations showing the actual decoration in situ. The introductory essays outline the important phases of Cassiano dal Pozzo's career, discuss the history and significance of the 'Paper Museum', and explore the Christian tradition in seventeeth-century Rome. The Catalogue Raisonnée analyses each drawing in the greatest detail. This volume, the first to appear in the series, will be of special interest to archaeologists and medievalists engaged in the study of Rome's Early Christian churches, since many of the buildings, mosaics and paintings are now no longer extant.