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The Ruin of the Eternal CityAntiquity and Preservation in Renaissance Rome$
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David Karmon

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199766895

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199766895.001.0001

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A Sixteenth-Century Meteor in the Roman Forum

A Sixteenth-Century Meteor in the Roman Forum

(p.77) 3 A Sixteenth-Century Meteor in the Roman Forum
The Ruin of the Eternal City

David Karmon

Oxford University Press

While archaeologists such as Rodolfo Lanciani used inflammatory rhetoric to describe the destruction of antiquity in sixteenth-century Rome, this familiar criticism has also caused us to ignore crucial advances in Renaissance preservation practices. From Julius II and Bramante, to Leo X and Raphael, to Paul III and Latino Giovenale Manetti, preservation practices were steadily refined and improved during the first half of the sixteenth century.

Keywords:   Rodolfo Lanciani, sixteenth-century Rome, Julius II, Bramante, Leo X, Raphael, Paul III, papal commissioner of antiquity

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