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Gatteschi Collection of Roman Architecture and reconstructive drawings of Imperial Rome, 1900-1935 | Photographic Archive

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Title: Gatteschi Collection of Roman Architecture and reconstructive drawings of Imperial Rome, 1900-1935
ID: 00/AAR.Gatteschi
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Arrangement: The 346 vintage prints are mounted on a single board, housed in polyesetr slevees and stored in six acid-free boxes kept in the consultation room of the AAR Photographic Archive.

316 silver salt
30 albumen prints

No original negative.
Extent: 346.0 Items
Other Note: Collection in the Millenium-Database: http://www.urbs.org
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Scope and Contents: The Gatteschi Collection in the Photographic Archive of the American Academy in Rome is composed of photographs of Roman architecture paired with reconstructive architectural drawings of Imperial Rome. It consists of 346 photographic prints that may be dated from the end of the 19th century to the 1930.
The reconstruction drawings were signed by various artists, always under the direction of Gatteschi; these include Guido e Augusto Trabacchi, Bellioni and Angeletti. We do not know the names of the photographers, but there were definitely more than one. In some cases he used the work of professional photographers and occasionally the photographer was probably Gatteschi himself. He often appears in the photographs to provide a human scale, with the monuments in the background.
Two prints were mounted on a single board (10 are singles) to allow comparison between the reconstruction proposed by Gatteschi and the archaeological ruins depicted in the photograph. This kind of layout was conceived by Gatteschi himself, as he explained in the preface of his book “Restauri della Roma Imperiale” (1924) and it is evident from his photographs in other archives, in particular the Archivio Fotografico Comunale di Roma, in Palazzo Braschi.
The collection also includes photos of topographical maps annotated with notes in Gatteschi's own hand.


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