Rome: A Cultural, Visual, and Personal History
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With typical bravado, wit and rage, he puts art and architecture in sharp social, political, religious and historical context. An original, persuasive take on the Eternal City. An indelible portrait of a city in love with spectacle and power.
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But there is only one Robert Hughes. Reading his strenuous, argumentative, vitally impassioned prose you are reminded just how insipid, prim, and nervously conventional most history and art history writing is. Our guide conjures up a well-known work of genius and makes it new, moving effortlessly from biography to art to engineering as he illuminates its every detail.
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Hughes comes as near as anyone to fulfilling that job description and for much of this wide-ranging volume he succeeds magnificently. His cultural history of the city is superb. Hughes devours art—and Rome offers a feast worthy of his gargantuan appetites. We enjoy reading Hughes precisely because he avoids any of that corseted coyness which characterizes too much art-historical writing nowadays.
Read An Excerpt. Paperback —. Add to Cart. About Rome From Robert Hughes, one of the greatest art and cultural critics of our time, comes a sprawling, comprehensive, and deeply personal history of Rome—as a city, as an empire, and as an origin of Western art and civilization. About Rome From Robert Hughes, one of the greatest art and cultural critics of our time, comes a sprawling, comprehensive, and deeply personal history of Rome—as city, as empire, and, crucially, as an origin of Western art and civilization, two subjects about which Hughes has spent his life writing and thinking.
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Starting on a personal note, Hughes takes us to the Rome he first encountered as a hungry twenty-one-year-old fresh from Australia in Equal parts idolizing, blasphemous, outraged, and awestruck, Rome is a portrait of the Eternal City as only Robert Hughes could paint it. Beginning in he lived and worked in the United States, where until he was chief art critic for Time.
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