Hello, I am back with another book review! Today I’m going to talk about John Marciari’s Art of Renaissance Rome: Artists and Patrons in the Eternal City book.
Marciari tells us the story of the artists, monuments, and patrons of Renaissance Rome in this book. I also learned new things, new words from this book.
Rome is described as Caput Mundi which means “The Capital of the World” in Latin. Some major cities since the ancient times have been described as the Caput Mundi, the first being Rome and Jerusalem, and the Constantinople (nowadays Istanbul).
Rome was also the most international of the Renaissance cities with artists and architects generally training elsewhere before arriving in the city and introducing new trends.
The Imperial city of Rome adopted as its nickname Caput Mundi, attributing this to its perception of an enduring power of Ancient Rome and the Roman Catholic Church.
Marciari examines the city’s extraordinary works of art in the context of the working practices, competition, and rivalries that made Renaissance Rome so magnificent.