Ghigo Roli photographer


Rome

The great beauty of the Italian capital: views, monuments (Roman Forum, Trajan's Column, Trajan's Markets, etc.) and works of art (the frescoes by Andrea Pozzo in the Church of S. Ignazio di Loyola, those by Mattia Preti and Domenichino in the Basilica of St Andrew, those of Baciccia in the Church of Jesus and those of Pinturicchio in the Basilica of S. Maria del Popolo).

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 "Wilhelmine Benigna Biron duchess of Sagan", 1818, by Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770 - 1844), marble. Detail.

"Wilhelmine Benigna Biron duchess of Sagan", 1818, by Berte...

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 "Wilhelmine Benigna Biron duchess of Sagan", 1818, by Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770 - 1844), marble.

"Wilhelmine Benigna Biron duchess of Sagan", 1818, by Berte...

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Ippolito Caffi: "Interior view of the Colosseum ", oil painting, 1855.

Ippolito Caffi: "Interior view of the Colosseum ", oil paint...

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The Lamentation by Michelangelo”, by Antonio Salamanca (from Nicolas Béatrizet), 1547. This is the first engraving representing  Michelangelo's masterpiece.

The Lamentation by Michelangelo”, by Antonio Salamanca (from...

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“Laocoön”, by Marco Dente, about 1520-3, burin.

“Laocoön”, by Marco Dente, about 1520-3, burin.

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“Lamentation”, by Piero d’Argenta (?) or by follower of Mighelangelo, about 1497-99.

“Lamentation”, by Piero d’Argenta (?) or by follower of Migh...

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Montefalco, Museum of St. Francis, Church of St. Francis, Chapel of St. Jerome: frescoes by Benozzo Gozzoli, 1452. Detail of the wall with St. Jerome leaving Rome.

Montefalco, Museum of St. Francis, Church of St. Francis, Ch...

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Montefalco, Museum of St. Francis, Church of St. Francis, Chapel of St. Jerome: frescoes by Benozzo Gozzoli, 1452. Detail of the wall with St. Jerome leaving Rome.

Montefalco, Museum of St. Francis, Church of St. Francis, Ch...

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Rome, S. Ignazio Church, interior, the vault of the antechoir: "Vision of St. Ignatius during the battle of Pamplona", fresco by Andrea Pozzo, 1685.

Rome, S. Ignazio Church, interior, the vault of the antechoi...

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Rome, S. Ignazio Church, interior, transept: "St. Mary Magdalene de' Pazzi having the vision of St. Aloysius de Gonzaga in glory", fresco by Andrea Pozzo, 1685.

Rome, S. Ignazio Church, interior, transept: "St. Mary Magda...

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Rome, S. Ignazio Church, interior, transept: "Assumption of Mary", fresco by Ludovico Mazzanti.

Rome, S. Ignazio Church, interior, transept: "Assumption of...

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Rome, S. Ignazio Church, interior: view of the vault of the transept with the false dome decorated with a perspectival fresco, by Andrea Pozzo, 1685.

Rome, S. Ignazio Church, interior: view of the vault of the...

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Rome, S. Ignazio Church, interior, the bowl -shaped vault of the apse: "St. Ignatius taking care of the sick and the poor", fresco by Andrea Pozzo, 1685.

Rome, S. Ignazio Church, interior, the bowl -shaped vault of...

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Rome, S. Ignazio Church, interior, transept: "Assumption of Mary", fresco by Ludovico Mazzanti.

Rome, S. Ignazio Church, interior, transept: "Assumption of...

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Rome, S. Ignazio Church, interior, transept: "St. Mary Magdalene de' Pazzi having the vision of St. Aloysius de Gonzaga in glory", fresco by Andrea Pozzo, 1685.

Rome, S. Ignazio Church, interior, transept: "St. Mary Magda...

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Rome, S. Ignazio Church, interior, the vault of the antechoir: "Vision of St. Ignatius during the battle of Pamplona", fresco by Andrea Pozzo, 1685.

Rome, S. Ignazio Church, interior, the vault of the antechoi...

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Rome, S. Ignazio Church, interior: detail of one of the pendentives of the false dome of the transept: "Judith killing Holofernes ", fresco by Andrea Pozzo, 1685.

Rome, S. Ignazio Church, interior: detail of one of the pend...

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Rome, S. Ignazio Church, interior: detail of one of the pendentives of the false dome of the transept: "Jael killing Sisera ", fresco by Andrea Pozzo, 1685.

Rome, S. Ignazio Church, interior: detail of one of the pend...

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Rome, S. Ignazio Church, interior: detail of one of the pendentives of the false dome of the transept: "Samson slaying a thousand Philistines with the jawbone of a donkey ", fresco by Andrea Pozzo, 1685.

Rome, S. Ignazio Church, interior: detail of one of the pend...

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Rome, S. Ignazio Church, interior: detail of one of the pendentives of the false dome of the transept: "David and Goliath", fresco by Andrea Pozzo, 1685.

Rome, S. Ignazio Church, interior: detail of one of the pend...

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Rome, S. Ignazio Church, interior: detail of one of the pendentives of the vault of the nave with allegories of the continents: "America", fresco by Andrea Pozzo, 1685.

Rome, S. Ignazio Church, interior: detail of one of the pend...

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Rome, S. Ignazio Church, interior: detail of one of the pendentives of the vault of the nave with allegories of the continents: "Europe", fresco by Andrea Pozzo, 1685.

Rome, S. Ignazio Church, interior: detail of one of the pend...

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Rome, S. Ignazio Church, interior: detail of one of the pendentives of the vault of the nave with allegories of the continents: "Asia", fresco by Andrea Pozzo, 1685.

Rome, S. Ignazio Church, interior: detail of one of the pend...

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Rome, S. Ignazio Church, interior: detail of one of the pendentives of the vault of the nave with allegories of the continents: "Africa", fresco by Andrea Pozzo, 1685.

Rome, S. Ignazio Church, interior: detail of one of the pend...

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Rome, S. Ignazio Church, interior: view of the vault of the nave decorated with the fresco "Glory of St. Ignatius", by Andrea Pozzo, 1685.

Rome, S. Ignazio Church, interior: view of the vault of the...

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Rome, S. Ignazio Church, interior: view of the vault of the nave decorated with the fresco "Glory of St. Ignatius", by Andrea Pozzo, 1685. Detail.

Rome, S. Ignazio Church, interior: view of the vault of the...

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Rome, S. Ignazio Church, interior: view of the vault of the nave decorated with the fresco "Glory of St. Ignatius", by Andrea Pozzo, 1685.

Rome, S. Ignazio Church, interior: view of the vault of the...

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Rome, S. Ignazio Church, interior: view of the nave.

Rome, S. Ignazio Church, interior: view of the nave.

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Basilica of St Andrew della Valle, the vault arch above the antechoir: "The first vocation of the apostle Andrew" (St. John the Baptist, of whom Andrew had been a disciple, indicates Christ to him and to his brother Simon Peter, pronouncing the words Ecce Agnus Dei). Fresco by Domenichino (Domenico Zampieri), 1622 - 1628.

Basilica of St Andrew della Valle, the vault arch above the...

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Basilica of St Andrew della Valle, walls of the choir: frescoes with episodes from the life of St. Andrew: "Crucifixion of the Saint". Fresco by Mattia Preti, 1650 - 51.

Basilica of St Andrew della Valle, walls of the choir: fresc...

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Basilica of St Andrew della Valle: view of the apse.

Basilica of St Andrew della Valle: view of the apse.

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Basilica of St Andrew della Valle: the dome vault with "Glory of Paradise", fresco by Giovanni Lanfranco, 1625 - 28. Detail.

Basilica of St Andrew della Valle: the dome vault with "Glor...

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Basilica of St Andrew della Valle: the dome vault with "Glory of Paradise", fresco by Giovanni Lanfranco, 1625 - 28. Detail.

Basilica of St Andrew della Valle: the dome vault with "Glor...

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Basilica of St Andrew della Valle: the transept  ceiling with the pendentives and the dome. In the pendentives, frescoes of the four evangelists, by Domenichino (Domenico Zampieri), 1622 - 28. In the dome vault, "Glory of the Paradise", fresco by Giovanni Lanfranco, 1625 - 28.

Basilica of St Andrew della Valle: the transept ceiling wit...

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Basilica of St Andrew della Valle: the dome vault with "Glory of Paradise", fresco by Giovanni Lanfranco, 1625 - 28.

Basilica of St Andrew della Valle: the dome vault with "Glor...

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Basilica of St Andrew della Valle, Pendentive of the transept dome: "St Matthew the Evangelist". Fresco by Domenichino (Domenico Zampieri), 1622 - 28.

Basilica of St Andrew della Valle, Pendentive of the transep...

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Basilica of St Andrew della Valle, Pendentive of the transept dome: "St John the Evangelist". Fresco by Domenichino (Domenico Zampieri), 1622 - 28.

Basilica of St Andrew della Valle, Pendentive of the transep...

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Basilica of St Andrew della Valle, Pendentive of the transept dome: "St Luke the Evangelist". Fresco by Domenichino (Domenico Zampieri), 1622 - 28.

Basilica of St Andrew della Valle, Pendentive of the transep...

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Basilica of St Andrew della Valle, Pendentive of the transept dome: "St Mark the Evangelist". Fresco by Domenichino (Domenico Zampieri), 1622 - 28.

Basilica of St Andrew della Valle, Pendentive of the transep...

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Basilica of St Andrew della Valle, the bowl-shaped vault of the apse: the Fortitude with a lion (one of the six female allegorical figure representing Virtues).  Frescoes realised between the big windows by Domenichino (Domenico Zampieri), 1622 - 1628.

Basilica of St Andrew della Valle, the bowl-shaped vault of...

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Basilica of St Andrew della Valle, the bowl-shaped vault of the apse: the Poverty (one of the six female allegorical figure representing Virtues).  Frescoes realised between the big windows by Domenichino (Domenico Zampieri), 1622 - 1628.

Basilica of St Andrew della Valle, the bowl-shaped vault of...

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Basilica of St Andrew della Valle, the bowl-shaped vault of the apse: the Faith (one of the six female allegorical figure representing Virtues). On the bottom, detail of a man's head. Frescoes realised between the big windows by Domenichino (Domenico Zampieri), 1622 - 1628.

Basilica of St Andrew della Valle, the bowl-shaped vault of...

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Basilica of St Andrew della Valle, the bowl-shaped vault of the apse: the Faith (one of the six female allegorical figure representing Virtues). Frescoes realised between the big windows by Domenichino (Domenico Zampieri), 1622 - 1628. Detail of a man's head.

Basilica of St Andrew della Valle, the bowl-shaped vault of...

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Basilica of St Andrew della Valle, the bowl-shaped vault of the apse: the Charity (one of the six female allegorical figure representing Virtues). Frescoes realised between the big windows by Domenichino (Domenico Zampieri), 1622 - 1628.

Basilica of St Andrew della Valle, the bowl-shaped vault of...

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Basilica of St Andrew della Valle, the bowl-shaped vault of the apse: the Religion (one of the six female allegorical figure representing Virtues). Frescoes realised between the big windows by Domenichino (Domenico Zampieri), 1622 - 1628.

Basilica of St Andrew della Valle, the bowl-shaped vault of...

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Basilica of St Andrew della Valle, paintings above the passages of the antechoir, frescoes representing episodes from the life of S. Andrew: "Arrival of the relic of St. Andrew in Ancona". Fresco by Carlo Cignani and Emilio Taruffi, realised after 1662.

Basilica of St Andrew della Valle, paintings above the passa...

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Basilica of St Andrew della Valle, walls of the choir: frescoes with episodes from the life of St. Andrew: "Burial of St. Andrew". Fresco by Mattia Preti, 1650 - 51.

Basilica of St Andrew della Valle, walls of the choir: fresc...

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Basilica of St Andrew della Valle, paintings above the passages of the antechoir, frescoes representing episodes from the life of S. Andrew: "Arrival of the relic of St. Andrew in Ancona". Fresco by Carlo Cignani and Emilio Taruffi, realised after 1662.

Basilica of St Andrew della Valle, paintings above the passa...

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Basilica of St Andrew della Valle, paintings above the passages of the antechoir, frescoes representing episodes from the life of S. Andrew: "Condemnation of the Saint pronounced by Egea". Fresco by Carlo Cignani and Emilio Taruffi, realised after 1662.

Basilica of St Andrew della Valle, paintings above the passa...

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Basilica of St Andrew della Valle, walls of the choir: frescoes with episodes from the life of St. Andrew: "Erection of the Cross". Fresco by Mattia Preti, 1650 - 51.

Basilica of St Andrew della Valle, walls of the choir: fresc...

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Basilica of St Andrew della Valle: view of the vault of the choir . Frescoes representing episodes of St. Andrew's life by Domenichino (Domenico Zampieri, 1622 - 1628.

Basilica of St Andrew della Valle: view of the vault of the...

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Basilica of St Andrew della Valle: view of the vault of the choir and the apse bowl-shaped vault. Frescoes representing episodes of St. Andrew's life by Domenichino (Domenico Zampieri, 1622 - 1628.

Basilica of St Andrew della Valle: view of the vault of the...

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Church of Jesus, the interior: view of the dome, the pendentives, the faults of the transpet and the antechoir. Frescoes by Baciccia (Giovan Battista Gaulli), 1679.

Church of Jesus, the interior: view of the dome, the pendent...

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Church of Jesus, the interior, the dome of the transpet: the pendentive with St. Luke, fresco by Baciccia (Giovan Battista Gaulli), 1679.

Church of Jesus, the interior, the dome of the transpet: the...

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Church of Jesus, the interior, the bowl-shaped vault of the apse: "The Adoration of the Mystical Lamb", a scende described in the Apocalypse. Frescoes by Baciccia (Giovan Battista Gaulli), 1679.

Church of Jesus, the interior, the bowl-shaped vault of the...

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Church of Jesus, the interior, the dome of the transpet: the pendentive with St. John, fresco by Baciccia (Giovan Battista Gaulli), 1679.

Church of Jesus, the interior, the dome of the transpet: the...

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Church of Jesus, the interior, the dome of the transpet: the pendentive with St. Mark, fresco by Baciccia (Giovan Battista Gaulli), 1679.

Church of Jesus, the interior, the dome of the transpet: the...

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Church of Jesus, the interior, the dome of the transpet: the pendentive with St. Matthew, fresco by Baciccia (Giovan Battista Gaulli), 1679.

Church of Jesus, the interior, the dome of the transpet: the...

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Church of Jesus, the interior: the vault of the chapel of St.Francis Saverio with "Glory di St. Francis Saverio", fresco by Giovanni Andrea Carlone.

Church of Jesus, the interior: the vault of the chapel of St...

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Church of Jesus, the interior: the volta of the antechoir with frescoes by Baciccia (Giovan Battista Gaulli), 1679.

Church of Jesus, the interior: the volta of the antechoir wi...

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Church of Jesus, the interior: the vault of the chapel of St. Ignatius of Loyola (here buried) with "Glory di St. Ignatius", fresco by Baciccia (Giovan Battista Gaulli), 1679.

Church of Jesus, the interior: the vault of the chapel of St...

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Church of Jesus, the interior: the dome of the transept, with "Paradise praising Jesus" and the pendentives with Prophets, Evangelists and Doctors of the Church; frescoes by Baciccia (Giovan Battista Gaulli), 1679.

Church of Jesus, the interior: the dome of the transept, wit...

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Church of Jesus, the interior: the dome of the transept, with "Paradise praising Jesus" and the pendentives with Prophets, Evangelists and Doctors of the Church; frescoes by Baciccia (Giovan Battista Gaulli), 1679.

Church of Jesus, the interior: the dome of the transept, wit...

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Church of Jesus, the interior: detail of the vault of the nave with "The Triumph in the Name of Jesus", fresco by Giovan Battista Gaulli known as Baciccia, 1679. The golden cornice and the plasters are by Ercole Antonio Raggi.

Church of Jesus, the interior: detail of the vault of the na...

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Church of Jesus, the interior: detail of the vault of the nave with "The Triumph in the Name of Jesus", fresco by Giovan Battista Gaulli known as Baciccia, 1679. The golden cornice and the plasters are by Ercole Antonio Raggi.

Church of Jesus, the interior: detail of the vault of the na...

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Church of Jesus, the interior: view of the vault of the nave with "The Triumph in the Name of Jesus", fresco by Giovan Battista Gaulli known as Baciccia, 1679. The golden cornice and the plasters are by Ercole Antonio Raggi.

Church of Jesus, the interior: view of the vault of the nave...

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Church of Jesus, the interior: view of the vault of the nave with "The Triumph in the Name of Jesus", fresco by Giovan Battista Gaulli known as Baciccia, 1679. The golden cornice and the plasters are by Ercole Antonio Raggi.

Church of Jesus, the interior: view of the vault of the nave...

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Church of Jesus: view of the interior.

Church of Jesus: view of the interior.

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Church of Jesus: view of the interior.

Church of Jesus: view of the interior.

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Basilica of St Andrew della Valle: the transept  ceiling with the pendentives and the dome. In the pendentives, frescoes of the four evangelists, by Domenichino (Domenico Zampieri), 1622 - 28. In the dome vault, "Glory of the Paradise", fresco by Giovanni Lanfranco, 1625 - 28.

Basilica of St Andrew della Valle: the transept ceiling wit...

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Basilica of St Andrew della Valle: the dome vault with "Glory of Paradise", fresco by Giovanni Lanfranco, 1625 - 28.

Basilica of St Andrew della Valle: the dome vault with "Glor...

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 Rome: orbicular view from the Palatine hill over the Roman Forum.Left: the Capitolium. Right: the Colosseum.

Rome: orbicular view from the Palatine hill over the Roman...

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 Rome, Basilica of St. Maria del Popolo, Chigi Chapel: Habakkuk and the Angel, by Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1656 - 61).

Rome, Basilica of St. Maria del Popolo, Chigi Chapel: Habak...

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 Rome, Trajan's Column: detail of the scenes that commemorates  the Roman emperor Trajan's victory in the Dacian Wars.

Rome, Trajan's Column: detail of the scenes that commemorat...

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 Rome, Trajan's Column: detail of the scenes that commemorates  the Roman emperor Trajan's victory in the Dacian Wars.

Rome, Trajan's Column: detail of the scenes that commemorat...

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 Rome, the domes of the churches of S. Maria di Loreto and  S.S. Nome di Maria  from Piazza Venezia.On the right: the Trajan's Column.

Rome, the domes of the churches of S. Maria di Loreto and...

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Rome: the "Tempietto"  of San Pietro in Montorio. It is a small commemorative tomb (martyrium) built by Donato Bramante, possibly as early as 1502, in the courtyard of San Pietro in Montorio. Also commissioned by Ferdinand and Isabella, the Tempietto is considered a masterpiece of High Renaissance Italian architecture.

Rome: the "Tempietto" of San Pietro in Montorio. It is a sm...

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 Rome, Papal Archbasilica of St. John Lateran:  facade.

Rome, Papal Archbasilica of St. John Lateran: facade.

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 Rome, view of the "Vittoriano" . The Altare della Patria (Altar of the Fatherland) also known as the Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II (National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II) or "Il Vittoriano" is a controversial monument built in honour of Victor Emmanuel, the first king of a unified Italy. It occupies a site between the Piazza Venezia and the Capitoline Hill.The eclectic structure was designed by Giuseppe Sacconi in 1885; sculpture for it was parceled out to established sculptors all over Italy, such as Leonardo Bistolfi and Angelo Zanelli. It was inaugurated in 1911 and completed in 1925.The monument is built of white marble from Botticino, Brescia, and features stairways, Corinthian columns, fountains, an equestrian sculpture of Victor Emmanuel and two statues of the goddess Victoria riding on quadrigas. The structure is 135 m (443 ft) wide and 70 m (230 ft) high. If the quadrigae and winged victories are included, the height is to 81 m (266 ft). The base of the structure houses the museum of Italian Unification.In 2007, a panoramic elevator was added to the structure, allowing visitors to ride up to the roof for 360 degree views of Rome.

Rome, view of the "Vittoriano" . The Altare della Patria (A...

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 Rome, detail of the "Vittoriano" . The Altare della Patria (Altar of the Fatherland) also known as the Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II (National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II) or "Il Vittoriano" is a controversial monument built in honour of Victor Emmanuel, the first king of a unified Italy. It occupies a site between the Piazza Venezia and the Capitoline Hill.The eclectic structure was designed by Giuseppe Sacconi in 1885; sculpture for it was parceled out to established sculptors all over Italy, such as Leonardo Bistolfi and Angelo Zanelli. It was inaugurated in 1911 and completed in 1925.The monument is built of white marble from Botticino, Brescia, and features stairways, Corinthian columns, fountains, an equestrian sculpture of Victor Emmanuel and two statues of the goddess Victoria riding on quadrigas. The structure is 135 m (443 ft) wide and 70 m (230 ft) high. If the quadrigae and winged victories are included, the height is to 81 m (266 ft). The base of the structure houses the museum of Italian Unification.In 2007, a panoramic elevator was added to the structure, allowing visitors to ride up to the roof for 360 degree views of Rome.

Rome, detail of the "Vittoriano" . The Altare della Patria...

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 Rome, Roman Forum: view.Foreground left: the columns of the temple of Saturn.Right: the three columns of Temple of Dioskouri.Background: the Church of Santa Francesca Romana and the Colosseum.

Rome, Roman Forum: view.Foreground left: the columns of the...

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 Rome, Roman Forum: view.Right: the columns of the Dioskouri temple.Centre: the church of Santa Francesca Romana.Background: the Colosseum.

Rome, Roman Forum: view.Right: the columns of the Dioskouri...

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 Rome, Palatine Hill: view of the Hippodrome of Domitian (or Palatine Stadium). Too small to be a true Hippodrome, it probably was a private garden or a riding stable (Viridarium), at the exclusive use of the emperor.

Rome, Palatine Hill: view of the Hippodrome of Domitian (or...

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 Rome, view over the Roman Forum.On the left the Church of Santa Francesca Romana.On the right the Arch of Titus.Background: the Coliseum.

Rome, view over the Roman Forum.On the left the Church of S...

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 Rome, Roman Forum: view.Lower left: Dioskouri Temple.Lower centre: Vesta Temple.Right: Antoninus and Faustina Temple (San Lorenzo in Miranda church.

Rome, Roman Forum: view.Lower left: Dioskouri Temple.Lower...

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 Rome, Roman Forum: Arch of Constantinus. Detail showing in the left medallion "Bear Hunting", in the one on  the right "Sacrifice Scene", In the lower relief "The Battle of Ponte Milvio". 3rd and 4th Century AD.

Rome, Roman Forum: Arch of Constantinus. Detail showing in...

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 Rome, Roman Forum, Arch of Constantinus:  Details of Marcus Aurelius reliefs (2nd Century AD.) On the left panel  "Adlocutio", -  the emperor speaking to the troops.On the right panel "Lustratio" , -  the emperor sacrificing a pig, a sheep and a bull (Suovetaurilia)

Rome, Roman Forum, Arch of Constantinus: Details of Marcus...

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 Rome, Roman Forum, Arch of Constantinus:  Details of Marcus Aurelius reliefs (2nd Century AD.) .On the left panel  "Rex Datus", (a captured enemy chieftain led before the emperor), in the right panel "Captivi", (a similar scene with prisoners).

Rome, Roman Forum, Arch of Constantinus: Details of Marcus...

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 Rome, Roman Forum: Arch of Constantinus. Detail showing in the left medallion "Departure for the  Hunt", in the one on  the right "Sacrifice to Silvan", In the lower relief "Constantine besieging Verona". 3rd and 4th Century AD.

Rome, Roman Forum: Arch of Constantinus. Detail showing in...

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 Rome, Roman Forum: view. On the left, the apse of the Venus and Rome temple; on the right, the Church of S. Francesca Romana (formerly S. Maria Nuova).

Rome, Roman Forum: view. On the left, the apse of the Venus...

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 Rome, Basilica of St. Maria del Popolo, Vault of the Choir:  frescoes (1505 - 1510) by Pinturicchio (Bernardino di Betto). Detail of Saint Marc the Evangelist.

Rome, Basilica of St. Maria del Popolo, Vault of the Choir:...

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 Rome, Basilica of St. Maria del Popolo, Vault of the Choir:  frescoes (1505 - 1510) by Pinturicchio (Bernardino di Betto). Detail of Saint John the Evangelist.

Rome, Basilica of St. Maria del Popolo, Vault of the Choir:...

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 Rome, Basilica of St. Maria del Popolo, Vault of the Choir:  frescoes (1505 - 1510) by Pinturicchio (Bernardino di Betto). Detail of Saint Luke painting the Virgin.Saint Luke painting the Virgin, is a devotional subject in art showing Saint Luke painting the Virgin Mary with the Baby Jesus. Such paintings were often created during the Renaissance for chapels of Saint Luke in European churches, and frequently recalled the composition of the Salus Populi Romani, an icon based on the legend of Luke's portrait of Mary. Versions of the subject were sometimes painted as the masterpiece that many guilds required an artist to submit before receiving the title of master.

Rome, Basilica of St. Maria del Popolo, Vault of the Choir:...

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 Rome, Basilica of St. Maria del Popolo, Vault of the Choir:  frescoes (1505 - 1510) by Pinturicchio (Bernardino di Betto). At the centre "Coronation of the Virgin Mary", surrounded by the Four Evangelists and Four Sybils; in the pendentives the Doctors of the Church

Rome, Basilica of St. Maria del Popolo, Vault of the Choir:...

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 Rome, Basilica of St. Maria del Popolo, Basso Della Rovere Chapel: "Assumption of the Virgin Mary", fresco by Pinturicchio (Bernardino di Betto), 1471 - 84.

Rome, Basilica of St. Maria del Popolo, Basso Della Rovere...

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 Naples, National Archaeological Museum: statue of the goddess Rome (Dea Roma) playing a zither. In the 19th Century it was restored as an "Apollo seated with lyre". Porphyry and marble. 2nd century AD. From the Farnese Collection.

Naples, National Archaeological Museum: statue of the godde...

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 Naples, National Archaeological Museum: statue of the goddess Rome (Dea Roma) playing a zither. In the 19th Century it was restored as an "Apollo seated with lyre". Porphyry and marble. 2nd century AD. From the Farnese Collection.

Naples, National Archaeological Museum: statue of the godde...

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 Rome, Trajan's Market (Mercatus Traiani): evening view of the Emiciclo.

Rome, Trajan's Market (Mercatus Traiani): evening view of t...

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 Rome, Trajan's Market (Mercatus Traiani): evening view of the Emiciclo.

Rome, Trajan's Market (Mercatus Traiani): evening view of t...

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 Rome, Trajan's Market (Mercatus Traiani): evening view of the Emiciclo.

Rome, Trajan's Market (Mercatus Traiani): evening view of t...

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 Rome, Trajan's Market (Mercatus Traiani): evening view of the Emiciclo.

Rome, Trajan's Market (Mercatus Traiani): evening view of t...

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 Rome, Trajan's Market (Mercatus Traiani): evening view of the Emiciclo.

Rome, Trajan's Market (Mercatus Traiani): evening view of t...

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 Rome, Trajan's Market (Mercatus Traiani): evening view of via Biberatica.

Rome, Trajan's Market (Mercatus Traiani): evening view of v...

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 Rome, Trajan's Market (Mercatus Traiani): a traveller.

Rome, Trajan's Market (Mercatus Traiani): a traveller.

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 Rome, Trajan's Market (Mercatus Traiani): view of the Tower of the Milizia.

Rome, Trajan's Market (Mercatus Traiani): view of the Tower...

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 Rome, Trajan's Market (Mercatus Traiani): view of the emiciclo.

Rome, Trajan's Market (Mercatus Traiani): view of the emici...

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 Rome, Trajan's Market (Mercatus Traiani): view of the "Emiciclo" and the "Torre delle Milizie" ("Tower of the Militia").

Rome, Trajan's Market (Mercatus Traiani): view of the "Emic...

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 Rome, Trajan's Market (Mercatus Traiani): view of the "Emiciclo" and the "Torre delle Milizie" ("Tower of the Militia").

Rome, Trajan's Market (Mercatus Traiani): view of the "Emic...

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 Rome, Trajan's Market (Mercatus Traiani): view of the "Emiciclo" and the "Torre delle Milizie" ("Tower of the Militia").

Rome, Trajan's Market (Mercatus Traiani): view of the "Emic...

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 Rome, Trajan's Market (Mercatus Traiani): view of the "Emiciclo" and the "Torre delle Milizie" ("Tower of the Militia").

Rome, Trajan's Market (Mercatus Traiani): view of the "Emic...

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 Rome, Capitoline Hill: Marphurius or Marforio. It is one of the talking statues of Rome. Marforio maintained a friendly rivalry with his most prominent rival, Pasquin. As at the other five "talking statues", pasquinades — irreverent satires poking fun at public figures — were posted beside Marforio in the 16th and 17th centuries.Marforio is a large 1st century Roman marble sculpture of a reclining bearded river god or Oceanus, which in the past has been variously identified as a depiction of Jupiter, Neptune, or the Tiber. It was the humanist and antiquarian Andrea Fulvio who first identified it as a river god, in 1527.

Rome, Capitoline Hill: Marphurius or Marforio. It is one of...

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 Rome, Capitoline Hill: Marphurius or Marforio. It is one of the talking statues of Rome. Marforio maintained a friendly rivalry with his most prominent rival, Pasquin. As at the other five "talking statues", pasquinades — irreverent satires poking fun at public figures — were posted beside Marforio in the 16th and 17th centuries.Marforio is a large 1st century Roman marble sculpture of a reclining bearded river god or Oceanus, which in the past has been variously identified as a depiction of Jupiter, Neptune, or the Tiber. It was the humanist and antiquarian Andrea Fulvio who first identified it as a river god, in 1527.

Rome, Capitoline Hill: Marphurius or Marforio. It is one of...

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 Rome, Capitoline Hill, Capitol square: Equestrian Statue of Marcus Aurelius. Copy from a bronze original of the 2nd Century BC. The original is inside the Museum. Detail.

Rome, Capitoline Hill, Capitol square: Equestrian Statue of...

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 Rome, Capitoline Hill, Capitol square: Equestrian Statue of Marcus Aurelius. Copy from a bronze original of the 2nd Century BC. The original is inside the Museum.

Rome, Capitoline Hill, Capitol square: Equestrian Statue of...