The Virtual Tourist in Renaissance Rome
Printing and Collecting the Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae
Distributed for Joseph Regenstein Library, The University of Chicago
Published in conjunction with an exhibition of the University of Chicago Library’s Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae, the largest collection of its kind in the world, The Virtual Tourist in Renaissance Rome places these prints in their historical context and examines their publishing history. Editor Rebecca Zorach traces their journey from their creators and publishers to pilgrims, collectors, antiquarians, and dealers—“virtual tourists” who, over several centuries, revisited and reinvented the Renaissance image of Rome. A marvelous exploration of a rich collection of engravings and etchings, this illustrated volume will fascinate anyone interested in Renaissance Rome, the history of print collecting, the reception of antiquity, and tourism.