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Impaired Vision: The Experience of Rome in Renaissance France

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French travelers in 16th-century Rome wrote copiously of their visits to the city. Their writings took various forms, including r├ęcits de voyage, works intended for publication, private studies, and guidebooks. Their writings typically emphasized the authors' excitement at the idea of visiting Rome and noted their literary and artistic experiences of ancient Rome in comparison to their actual, often disappointing, experiences in the contemporary city. The glorious past displaced and obscured their perspectives. The accounts – and their illustrations – shifted constantly between the actual
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Keywords: France; Rome; Travel Accounts

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 1994-09-01

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