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Palazzo Montecitorio: The Baroque Building
[In English & Italian]
Edited By Paolo Portghesi
Mondadori Electa, Milan, Italy
Distributed By Trans-Atlantic Publications
184 Pages, Illustrated, 9 1/2 x 12"
This first book about Palazzo di
Montecitorio, examines the Baroque
building through a photographic review
of etchings and paintings featuring the
palazzo, executed between the 17th and
The current building was commissioned
by Pope Innocent X from Gian Lorenzo
Bernini as a future residence for the
Ludovisi family. Bernini, an extraordinary
interpreter of the true essence of Roman
Baroque, designed a building which, in
terms structure and decoration, was
suited to the lie of the land.
In fact, the facade of the palazzo, which is
slightly curved, follows the line of the artificial
hill, and the roughly-hewn stones, from
which leaves and broken branches
emerge, simulate a building constructed
on bare rock.
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