A Sixteenth-Century Meteor in the Roman Forum
While archaeologists such as Rodolfo Lanciani used inflammatory rhetoric to describe the destruction of antiquity in sixteenth-century Rome, this familiar criticism has also caused us to ignore crucial advances in Renaissance preservation practices. From Julius II and Bramante, to Leo X and Raphael, to Paul III and Latino Giovenale Manetti, preservation practices were steadily refined and improved during the first half of the sixteenth century.
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