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5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL, August 2, 2000
This review is from: Rome Is Love Spelled Backward: Enjoying Art and Architecture in the Eternal City (Paperback)
The Rome of Judith Testa is one that speaks of her own "amor di roma." It is obvious that not every tourist attraction is included and some places unfamiliar to tourists are included. However, the author has provided an expanse of Roman history through its arts: fine art, architecture, sculpture. Each chapter touches on one of Rome's major artists or places of interest. The weave throughout each chapter provides a texture of artistic and historical information that brings to life the history of Rome and its great role in western civilization. Testa is a skilled writer whose style is instructive but charming; her prose is easy to read. Presented throughout each chapter are tidbits of information and items to see that one might never be aware of otherwise. Before you know it, you feel as if you "know" the place or piece about which she is writing. If you can read about the Pantheon or Caravaggio's paintings or St. Peter's before you go to see it, you will be well served. This is not the typical, all-inclusive, surface coverage of Rome; but rather, a novel-like approach with the characters being the artists and the works of art themselves.
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