Via Appia Imaginaria

“[Piranesi’s] conception of antiquity was that of a current problem affecting our present existence. Since Piranesi’s time, this idea has been posited more or less consciously against the antithetical attitude that perceived antiquity as irremediably distant, and indeed lost in the past, and that manipulated and celebrated it as a mere facade . . . He was discontented with the contemporary situation in Rome that continued to fall short of its grand past and suffocate the remains of that past in amorphous decay. This was a fragmentary and chaotic Rome, devastated and dominated by archaic rurality, filled with architectural monuments lacking any organic relationship with each other, islands of Renaissance, Counter-Reformation, and Baroque. Basilicas, palaces, and churchs with contrasting styles jostled each other at the expense of what, in Piranesi’s mind, the ancient Romans had realized in grander form, the city in its organic whole – the Urbs.”

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