From Collection to Reconstruction

The City Rises Again

Archaeology was a field where scholars and artists collaborated. The brilliant Leon Battista Alberti, Nicholas V's architectural adviser, roamed the entire city in order to learn how the Romans had built. His own book on architecture, the first modern one, offered modern readers a vast amount of archaeological information. In the late fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, more and more classical works of art came to light, and artists joined the pious in making pilgrimages to Rome. From tiny manuscript illuminations to huge systematic sketchbooks, the artists' record of the ancient city eloquently reveals the reverence and fascination that antiquity inspired.

Continue the exhibit with Other Romes, go back to Archaeology or take the route back to the main hall.