Early modern guidebooks flourished in Rome in the 17th century. Written for visitors from abroad, guidebooks described and depicted many of Rome’s most important sites and traditions. Often pocket-sized for ease of reference, some were illustrated with woodcut prints. Along with maps, they are our earliest sources for the location, appearance, and decoration of important places associated with the Accademia di San Luca, as well as other sites around Rome mentioned in the documents that comprise the present database.
Here we present views of 12 guideboooks from National Gallery of Art Special Collections with historical context for the Accademia di San Luca. Specific views of pages or foldout illustrations with interactive annotation layers are given for locations and districts (rioni) mentioned in the Accademia di San Luca project’s archival documents. Annotations appear when viewed at full size.