Ritual Form and Urban Space in Early Modern Rome

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This essay maps the development of the urban square in early modern Rome. It reflects on the role of architectural ornament and decorative sculpture in orchestrating urban space. It traces the language of architectural ornament to the temporary decorations of princely festivals and entertainments. Thus it reconsiders the received thesis that festival arts imitate permanent works of art to argue instead for the role of ephemeral ornament in shaping the syntax of architectural form. It appears in the interdisciplinary Europa Sacra book series by Brepols. The research was funded by a Royal Society of Edinburgh Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLate Medieval and Early Modern Ritual
Subtitle of host publicationStudies in Italian Urban Culture
PublisherBrepols Publishers
Number of pages32
ISBN (Electronic)978-2-503-54190-7
ISBN (Print)978-2-503-54190-7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2013

Publication series

NameEuropa Sacra


  • ritual theory
  • ceremonial city
  • architectural ornament
  • ephemera


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