David Karmon

in The Ruin of the Eternal City

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199766895
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199896745 | DOI:

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The introduction outlines the objectives of the book, which seeks to reassess preservation practices as they occurred in Renaissance Rome. The vocabulary of modern conservation theory is ill suited for this task. Instead, key terms defined by Biondo Flavio in the Roma instaurata of the mid-fifteenth century provide useful terminology to better evaluate the Renaissance understanding of interventions on ancient sites.

Keywords: Biondo Flavio; Roma instaurata; conservation theory; preservation; restoration; Renaissance preservation practices

Chapter.  6424 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ancient and Classical Art (to 500 CE)

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