MUSEUM OF ROME – PALAZZO BRASCHI
MARCH 27th– SEPTEMBER 22th
The photographic archives of the Museum of Rome Palazzo Braschi have provided a vast number of photographs that tell the story of the Capital of Italy between 1839 (considered the date of birth of the modern photography, thanks to the patent requested by Daguerre in Paris to fix his images on a silver foil) and the present time.
At that time, Rome was a city literally submerged in several problems, squeezed between the political authority of the Pope and the subversive revolutionaries who led to the unification of Italy. Despite of it, photography started to spread all around, destabilizing the traditional artists and painters.
The Exhibition shows how the Eternal City changed its aspect over the decades, through 9 sections that will define all the single topics of this evolution. You will see the archaeological ruins, symbol of the disappeared glory of the Roman Empire, mixed with photos focusing on the Core of Christianity, with snapshots being at the same time solemn and informal, between St. Peter’s Dome and the families waiting to receive the Papal Blessing. Then the Tiber, the roman river, source of water for the luxurious parks and gardens, together with its sisters, the folkloristic little local fountains scattered literally everywhere in Rome.
The most interesting portion of the Exhibition is the one dedicated to the continuous and uninterrupted development of the City. The new expansion of the town plannings totally changed the look of Rome, turning it first of all in the new Capital of Italy, then in the theatrical stage of the Fascist Government and finally in a modern metropolis, able to keep up with the times.