Rome A Cultural, Visual, and Personal History (Hardcover)
|Author: Robert Hughes|
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|A long-time former head art critic for Time presents an authoritative history of the Roman empire that provides coverage of an extensive range of topics from its government and architecture to its influence on culture and politics, sharing complementary personal insights from the authors 1958 visit. *Author: Hughes, Robert *Subtitle: A Cultural, Visual, and Personal History *Publication Date: 2011/11/01 *Number of Pages: 498 *Binding Type: Hardcover *Language: English *Depth: 1.75 *Width: 6.75 *Height: 9.75|
From the Publisher:
One of our greatest art and cultural critics now takes on Rome’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’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.
Robert Studley Forrest Hughes descends from Irish ancestors who immigrated to Australia in the early 19th century. Following his Jesuit schooling, he attended university in Sydney, where he studied architecture. Hughes developed an interest in modern art at an early age, and painted his own abstract works. While at Sydney University, he drew political cartoons for newspapers, which led him to journalism and a career as an art critic. He has always considered himself first and foremost a writer, who just happens to write about art. He lived in both Italy and England in the 1960s, until Time magazine recruited him as its art critic in 1970. Hughes has written extensively on the art of Australia and has developed and narrated several television series on art in both Australia and America, including THE SHOCK OF THE NEW, which ran during the 1980s and '90s. Since the 1980s, Hughes has been one of America's most popular art critics--a strikingly conservative one, his detractors claim, though Hughes believes the label carries little meaning. Writing in Salon magazine in May 1997, Gary Kamiya called Hughes's writing "accessible yet authoritative, boisterous yet refined."