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Rotunda Roma: Views of the Pantheon from the 16th to the 19th Century

April 4–September 2, 1994
East Building, Ground Floor, Study Center

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.


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Overview: The Grand Tour, a trip through the European continent undertaken by young aristocrats as part of their education, often culminated with a stay in Rome where works of antiquity were visited and studied. These historic sites were often a particular focus in both literature related to the city and the flourishing print trade. This exhibition brought together a variety of literature including city guides, architectural studies, travel accounts, and published suites of prints, all related to one site in particular: the Pantheon. Some books describe the Pantheon alone, while others include the structure among many others; some works focus on the architecture, while others are more concerned with the role of the building in either ancient or contemporary Rome or both.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art. Neal Turtell, executive librarian, was curator.