Rome is privileged in its relationship with Western history, constructed over layer after layer, from Roman to Fascist ‘empires’: in this sense the city constitutes the urban palimpsest, with a deliberate void at the end.
Rome is a city where the realities of the past and the present live together completely integrated and contradictory at the same time. It has been the capital of the emperors, the popes and the kings, and the greatest centres of the Classical, Renaissance, and Baroque art.
The typical stratification of cultures, styles, and works of art realised during the centuries is the most specific and fascinating characteristic of the city. The history of the art in Rome is characterised by the survival of monuments dating back from the prehistory up to the present that allow us to acknowledge it following this synthetic periodical scheme:
The historic amalgamation of Rome has been framed on this book, representing a small fragment of the huge mosaic of art and tendencies that is Rome nowadays.