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Rome A Cultural, Visual, and Personal History

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ISBN-10: 0307268446

ISBN-13: 9780307268440

Edition: 2011

Authors: Robert Hughes

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One of our greatest art and cultural critics now takes on Rome#x19;s complicated history as a city, an empire, an origin of Western art and civilization, and as his own inspiration. Robert Hughes opens this authoritative, searingly smart history with his own arrival in Rome in 1958, as a wide-eyed twenty-year-old from Australia. We see him blissfully plunging into the life of the city, his exhilaration palpable on the page, his life-long passion for the place bursting into being. And then he shares the breadth of that passion with us: detailing the city#x19;s physical, political, social, and artistic evolution through the ages from its foundation to its present moment, discussing government, religion, architecture, painting, sculpture, and cinema, providing in-depth portraits of political and cultural figures (from Caesar to Mussolini and from Cicero to Fellini). Finally, he brings us up to the twenty-first century to regale us with his impressions of a city he now sees run rampant with mass and tourist culture. Sometimes loving, sometimes enraged, never less than impassioned, sharply discerning, and delectably opinionated, Robert Hughes gives us the great city of Rome as only he can.
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Book details

List price: $40.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/1/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 512
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.046
Language: English

Robert Hughes was born on July 28, 1938 in Sydney, Australia. He attended St. Ignatius College and Sydney University before embarking on a career as a freelance writer. In 1970, he became the art critic for Time magazine. Hughes garnered wide acclaim for his book and television series The Shock of the New. Chronicling Hughes's vast knowledge and experience with modern art, The Shock of the New presents the author's views and opinions of many facets of art including contemporary architecture. Hughes's other ground-breaking books include American Visions: The Epic History of Art in America and Culture of Complaint: The Fraying of America. In these, Hughes presents his own unique brand of criticism, not merely on art, but also on American politics. Everyone from Jesse Helms to Ronald Reagan undergoes analysis, and the state of politics in the late 20th century is often lamented.