The Simulachrum of Fabio Calvo: A view of Roman architecture all'antica in 1527

Jacks, Philip J.
September 1990
Art Bulletin;Sep90, Vol. 72 Issue 3, p453
Academic Journal
Examines the "Anti-quae urbis Romae cum regionibus Simulachrum" by Fabio Calvo of Ravenna as the first systematic attempt to visualize the urban formation of Rome in historical stages despite the author's achievement being discounted against the foil of Raphael's project to reconstruct imperial Rome, undertaken a decade earlier and left incomplete at his death. Closer examination of the volume, particularly the last two folios (one representing a Roman bathhouse, the other a circus race), and how it reveals that Calvo continued to draw upon his earlier collaboration with Raphael on the translation of Vitruvius's De architecture; Fact that Calvo was eighty years old and little more than a novice when he set to work on the "Simulachrum"; "" maps; Two final folios, which are often overlooked.


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