Museum exhibits architectural photography of Rome by Brooke

An exhibition of 200 timeless images by renowned architectural photographer Steven Brooke will be on display at the Carlos Museum Nov. 9-Jan. 20 in an exhibition titled "Steven Brooke: Views from Rome."

Following in the tradition of viewpainters (vedutisti) who recorded Rome for their time, Brooke's work is the first of its kind on Rome in more than 100 years and includes the most significant sites of ancient, Christian and modern Roman architecture.

The work was produced during Brooke's tenure as a fellow at the American Academy in Rome. Inspired by 17th- and 18th-century Dutch and Italian vedutisti, Brooke emulates rather than imitates his artistic predecessors. His goal is to acknowledge the vedute tradition while reshaping and extending it to accommodate the qualities of the photographer's art.

The photographs that comprise his "Views of Rome" transcend the experience of any particular moment. Like the Rome of Giovanni Battista Piranesi, the 18th-century viewpainter, Brooke's Rome is ultimately a Rome of the imagination. His monochromes exhibit an enchantment with the past while providing documentation of late 20th century Rome.

Organized by the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach, Fla., "Steven Brooke: Views of Rome" has been exhibited in Rome and numerous museums in North America.

The exhibition is accompanied by Brooke's book Views of Rome, published in 1995 by Rizzoli. The book features essays, including a contribution by Bonna Wescoat, faculty curator of Classical Art at the Carlos Museum and assistant professor of art history at Emory, and detailed captions that provide the history, location and often directions to each of the 200 sites, as well as reproductions of engravings and drawings of 17th- and 18th-century vedutisti.

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