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Roman fever : influence, infection, and the image of Rome 1700-1870 /
Richard Wrigley.
imprint
New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, [2013], c2013
description
viii, 321 pages : illustrations (some colour)
ISBN
0300190212 (cl : alk. paper), 9780300190212 (cl : alk. paper)
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imprint
New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, [2013], c2013
isbn
0300190212 (cl : alk. paper)
9780300190212 (cl : alk. paper)
contents note
Influence: between magic and malady -- Succumbing to Rome -- 'Something in the air': climate and inspiration -- Confronting Mal'aria -- Fatal prospects: visions of the Campagna -- 'It was dirty, but it was Rome' -- Conclusion: Influence reclaimed, or the predicament of Rome.
catalogue key
8967253
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"A fascinating account of a forgotten chapter of cultural history." Art & Antiques
"A fascinating account of a forgotten chapter of cultural history."- Art & Antiques
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Invites an original & alternative perspective on the city & the surrounding countryside, revisiting the history of Rome in terms of ideas about climate & the role of the environment. Illustrated with previously unpublished images, this book focuses on the interplay between enthusiasm & inspiration, & debilitation & morality, all an integral part of discovering & engaging with the landscape of the Eternal City.
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An original and engaging look at how the climate, environment, and blighted atmosphere in Rome impacted artistic inspiration and cultural production prior to the 20th century.
Main Description
During the 18th and 19th centuries, artists and travellers were lured to Rome, the home of civilized values and artistic beauty. But the history of visiting Rome had a pathological side--not only crisis and disorientation but repulsion at its filth and stink. Rome's air was considered to contain a chronic source of disease. This book argues that "bad air" ( mal'aria ) is a neglected aspect of thinking about the city's history and as a destination for artists, visitors, and Romans both ancient and modern. These problems interfered with exploring Rome, its art and architecture, and representing its landscape. Atmospheric contamination made plein air painting and investigating antique ruins challenging activities. Roman Fever invites an original and alternative perspective on the city and its countryside, revisiting the history of Rome in terms of ideas about climate and the role of the environment. Beautifully illustrated with unfamiliar images, it focuses on the interplay between enthusiasm and inspiration, and debilitation and mortality, all an integral part of discovering and engaging with the Eternal City's landscape.
Main Description
During the 18th and 19th centuries, artists and travellers were lured to Rome, the home of civilized values and artistic beauty. But the history of visiting Rome had a pathological side-not only crisis and disorientation but repulsion at its filth and stink. Rome's air was considered to contain a chronic source of disease. This book argues that "bad air" ( mal'aria ) is a neglected aspect of thinking about the city's history and as a destination for artists, visitors, and Romans both ancient and modern. These problems interfered with exploring Rome, its art and architecture, and representing its landscape. Atmospheric contamination made plein air painting and investigating antique ruins challenging activities. Roman Fever invites an original and alternative perspective on the city and its countryside, revisiting the history of Rome in terms of ideas about climate and the role of the environment. Beautifully illustrated with unfamiliar images, it focuses on the interplay between enthusiasm and inspiration, and debilitation and mortality, all an integral part of discovering and engaging with the Eternal City's landscape.

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