1st Edition

renovatio urbis Architecture, Urbanism and Ceremony in the Rome of Julius II

By Nicholas Temple Copyright 2011
    368 Pages
    by Routledge

    366 Pages
    by Routledge

    Examining the urban and architectural developments in Rome during the Pontificate of Julius II (1503–13) this book focuses on the political, religious and artistic motives behind the changes. Each chapter focuses on a particular project, from the Palazzo dei Tribunali to the Stanza della Segnatura, and examines their topographical and symbolic contexts in relationship to the broader vision of Julian Rome.

    This original work explores not just historical sources relating to buildings but also humanist/antiquarian texts, papal sermons/eulogies, inscriptions, frescoes and contemporary maps. An important contribution to current scholarship of early sixteenth century Rome, its urban design and architecture.

    Introduction: Julian Rome  1. Sign-posting Peter & Paul  2. Via Giulia and Papal Corporatism  3. Palazzo dei Tribunali and the Meaning of Justice  4. Cortile del Belvedere, Via della Lungara and vita contemplativa  5. St Peter’s Basilica  6. The Stanza della Segnatura.  Conclusion: Popes and Bridges


    Nicholas Temple is Professor of Architecture at the University of Lincoln, having previously taught at the University of Liverpool, Nottingham University, the University of Pennsylvania and Leeds Metropolitan University. A Rome Scholar (1986-88), his previous publications include Disclosing Horizons: Architecture, Perspective and Redemptive Space and co-editor of The Humanities in Architectural Design (Routledge 2006 and 2010).