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Etching of View of the so-called Temple of Concord, Views of Rome by Piranesi, ROME WAS! in black font to upper left.

Rome Was

Rome from Piranesi to the Present

By (author) Randolph Langenbach


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  • The book will be designed so that it can be used, not only by scholars, but also by tourists and travellers in Rome
  • Guides readers on a modern-day version of the 18th Century Grand Tour that was originally inspired to a great extent by Piranesi's extraordinary art
  • Publishes photographic views that have previously not been possible
Full Description

Langenbach, who became known for his photographic documentation of the Textile Milltowns of New England, Great Britain and India, under a series of grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, has now turned his attention to the iconic historic landscape of Rome. Inspired by the extraordinary engravings of the ruins of Ancient Rome by Giambattista Piranesi, Langenbach uses modern-day digital photography to document the same views that Piranesi captured over a quarter of a millennium ago, displaying some of the most iconic ruins of an ancient civilisation on the planet.

About the Author

Randolph Langenbach has degrees in Architecture (Harvard) and Building Conservation (York, UK), and was Assistant Professor of Architecture at U.C. Berkeley. Both the short film and now the coming book of Rome Was were begun under a Rome Prize Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome in 2003.

ORO Editions
9th Aug 2019
Paperback / softback
World excluding USA, Canada, Australasia & Asia (except Japan; China non-exclusive)
152 mm x 216 mm
136 Pages
100 color, b&w
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