The Pantheon

David Karmon

in The Ruin of the Eternal City

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

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The idea that the Pantheon survives unchanged from antiquity is a Renaissance invention. Constant papal care ensured the survival of this famous landmark. In the fifteenth century, Eugenius IV sponsored an innovative restoration designed to recuperate its earlier historic condition. In the sixteenth century, Raphael decided to erect his tomb at the landmark, further directing the course of its future preservation.

Keywords: Pantheon; intact; architectural integrity; restorations; Eugenius IV; Raphael’s tomb; impression of timelessness

Chapter.  10721 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ancient and Classical Art (to 500 CE)

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