in the footsteps of an XVIIIth century traveller
Giuseppe Vasi published between 1747 and 1761 ten books of etchings on the monuments of Rome. The plates were grouped by subject: churches, gates, bridges, palaces, villas, etc.. The books became a bestseller among the foreigners visiting Rome. Vasi then wrote a guide for visiting Rome in eight days and driven by the success of this guide he published in 1765 the grand View of Rome. In 1781 he completed his work with a Map of Rome. This site complements my site on Baroque Rome in the etchings of Giuseppe Vasi, which contains a section on the coats of arms of the popes (*), with the drawings of Filippo Juvarra.
The view shows 390 points of interest grouped in the eight itineraries
of the guide:
The View is dedicated to King Charles of Spain, who had previously
been King of Naples (or of the Two Sicilies as this kingdom was also called),
thus the king of Vasi himself, who was born in Sicily. The view is taken
from the Janiculum where King Charles had many possessions. You may wish to start by having a look at a simple Map of the Walls of Rome.
Vasi provides not only a detailed view of Baroque Rome, but also of Ancient
Rome, Medieval Rome, Renaissance Rome and Mannerist Rome.
to find a specific topic.
See a sample page! (Porta San Sebastiano)
This site is maintained by Roberto Piperno.
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