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Digital Art History
July 07, 2017

Rodolfo Lanciani and His Archive: A Visual History of Rome is a new online resource offering virtual access to a collection of historic depictions of Rome amassed by archaeologist Rodolfo Lanciani (1845–1929). Visitors to the website can examine approximately 4,000 high resolution images of prints, drawings, photographs, and maps dating from the 15th to the 20th centuries. Prior to the Lanciani digital archive, the only way to consult these materials was to travel to Rome.

The website, which also contains a series of curated essays on Rome’s history and architecture, is a result of a collaboration between American and Italian institutions, including the University of Oregon, Stanford University, Dartmouth College and the custodians of the Lanciani collection: the Instituto Nazionale di Archeologia e Storia dell'Arte and the Biblioteca di Archeologia e Storia dell'Arte.

Visit the Rodolfo Lanciani digital archive here:

Jacques-Simon Chereau, Vue du Chateau S. Ange Rome, 1700, color engraving, Rodolfo Lanciani Collection.