Author: Dorothy Habel
Author info: Professor of Art History
Publication Date: May 2013
Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press
Synopsis: In this book, architectural historian Dorothy Metzger Habel considers the politics and processes involved in building the city of Rome during the baroque period. Like many historians of the period, Habel previously focused on the grand schemes of patronage; now, however, she reconstructs the role of the ‘public voice’ in the creation of the city. She presents the case that Rome’s built environment did not merely reflect the vision of patrons and architects who simply imposed buildings and spaces upon the city’s populace. Rather, she offers the reader a deeper and more nuanced understanding of the shape and the will of the public in mid-seventeenth-century Rome.