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From the neoclassicism of Thomas Jefferson's design of Monticello and sketches of the White House, to "al'italiana" gardens and parks, to the strong Roman classicism of the Jefferson Memorial, to Constantino Brumidi's frescoes in Congress and the National Library, to the striking composition of Luigi Moretti's Watergate Complex—America's capital is infused with the influences of a culture that laid the foundations of Western society. Extensively illustrated with both archival black and white photos, drawings, and sketches, as well as new photographs by Max Mackenzie, this book is an homage to this strong and still alive relationship and essential reading for all those interested in architecture and the visual arts.
Luca Molinari is a practicing architect and Professor of Architecture at the University of Naples. He is the author of Massimiliano Fuksas: Works and Projects 1970–2005, published by Skira in 2005. Max Mackenzie, a Washington, D.C.-based photographer who specializes in architectural subjects.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.2" Width: 9.8" Height: 0.9" Weight: 3.45 lbs.
Release Date Feb 12, 2008
ISBN 8861303048 ISBN13 9788861303041
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More About Luca Molinari
LUCA MOLINARI is the curator of Sustainab.Italy under the Directorate General for Landscape Quality and Protection, Contemporary Architecture and Art.
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Ciao Washington: Italian Legacy in the Nation's Capital Mar 24, 2008
Italian influences in art and architecture are evidenced throughout Washington D.C. and its surroundings--from the Roman classicism of the Jefferson Memorial to the Brumidi frescoes adorning the Capitol, from the mosaics and stone carvings in local churches, to the Italianate villas and gardens at Dumbarton Oaks and Monticello. Yet, the story of the enormous artistic impact Italians have had on our area has been largely overlooked.
A new, glossy, large-format book titled The Italian Legacy in Washington, D.C.: Architecture, Design, Art and Culture, recently unveiled at the Italian Embassy, addresses that oversight by exploring the richness of Italian influences and contributions to our nation's capital. In a preface that includes remarks from officials, such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi, Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty and Italian Ambassador Giovanni Castellaneta, the Ambassador writes, "Italian immigrants were there when America was struggling for independence, and Italian workers, craftsmen, architects, engineers, sculptors, stonecutters, painters and artisans have been a constant presence ever since."
All aspects of the Italian imprint on the Washington D.C. area are covered in the book's two dozen chapters. Each chapter is devoted to a detailed examination of Italy's presence in, for example, the U.S. Capitol, the Watergate complex, Thomas Jefferson's Monticello estate, the new Italian Chancery, Holy Rosary Church, and numerous other sites.
The book is a visual feast of historic drawings and sketches, as well as stunning photographs by Max Mackenzie, a Washington, D.C.-based photographer who specializes in architectural subjects.