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The Lost Gateway of Early Modern Rome: The Development of the Port of Ripa Grande from the 16th to the 18th century

Karydis, Nikolaos (2016) The Lost Gateway of Early Modern Rome: The Development of the Port of Ripa Grande from the 16th to the 18th century. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, . ISSN 0037-9808. (Submitted) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:59405)

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This article explores the development of the Ripa Grande, the main river port of Rome during the Early Modern period. This port was destroyed in the 19th century. The present study reconstructs its lost phases on the basis of vedutte drawn from the 15th to the 18th century. Comparative analysis of an unprecedented number of engravings, drawings and paintings and their interpretation by reference to coeval maps help to retrace the transformations of the port through time. Reconstructed plans and axonometric drawings make it possible to investigate the spatial organisation of the port and the design principles that informed its remodelling. Reconstruction also provides a closer look to key port buildings, such as the Ospizio di San Michele. The latter is analyzed within the context of institutional architecture in European river ports. This methodology sheds new light on a highly significant if highly neglected aspect of the urban development of Rome in the Early Modern period.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Rome, Tiber, Urban Development, River Port, Embarkation Point, Ripa Grande
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DG Italy
N Visual Arts > NA Architecture
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > Kent School of Architecture and Planning
Depositing User: Nikolaos Karydis
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2016 01:15 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:40 UTC
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