Rome is the ultimate city of power, both spiritual and temporal. Every palace, church and work of art in the city can be understood through this perspective. It is all designed to impress with might, wealth and authority – whether of the popes or the emperors, kings or cardinals.
Ancient Romans left buildings of enormous scale, to convey the full power of their empire. The Colosseum and the Pantheon impress with their size and mind-blowing engineering. The popes were no less ambitious, building not only to scale but also in sublime luxury. No precious metal was too rare, no marble too far-flung, no artistic talent too expensive. The princes of the Church and the aristocrats of Europe tell us of their power through every building, painting, statue and monumental garden in the city.
Amidst these countless treasures, the ordinary Roman people themselves have developed a confidence and a wit that can outplay the mightiest Caesar. There’s an instinct for comedy and for punctuating pomposity with a clever turn of phrase. Warm, gracious and blasé, Romans themselves have found a way to stay grounded in what they no doubt continue to regard as Caput Mundi, the capital of the world.
Over many years, I have built a very extensive collection of photographs of Rome, numbering tens of thousands of high quality pictures. Below is a list of monuments, churches and locations featured in my collection.
List of photographs of Rome available in my collection
ANCIENT ROME – the Forum, the Palatine, the Circus Maximus, the Colosseum, the Domus Aurea, the Forum Boarium, Baths of Caracalla, Baths of Diocletian, Gates, Acqueducts, Trajan and Marcus Aurelius columns, and more.
MONUMENTS – the Pantheon, the Capitoline museums, Castel Sant’Angelo, Palazzo del Quirinale, Palazzo Barberini, Palazzo Altemps, the Sancto Sanctorum and Chapel of San Lorenzo, Michelangelo’s Cloister, the Galleria Borghese, the Altare della Patria, historic palazzi (Colonna, Doria Pamphilj, Spada, Palazzo Venezia, Palazzo Mattei Giovi, Palazzo della Cancelleria), Biblioteca Casanatense, Oratorio del Gonfalone, Villa Giulia, Villa Farnesina a Trastevere, Villa Medici, public gardens (Villa Borghese, orange and rose gardens in the Aventino) private gardens in the palaces of Quirinale, Farnesina, Borghese, Spada, Bel Respiro, Sciarra, Villa Celimontana, Botanical gardens, and more.
SQUARES AND FOUNTAINS – Most squares and fountains photographed, daytime and night-time, including the Trevi fountain without tourists (2020), the fountains of Piazza Navona in detail, the Spanish steps, Piazza del Popolo, all major Egyptian and Roman obelisks, and more.
OTHER – strong focus on works by Bernini, Caravaggio, Cavallini, Raphael and Michelangelo, the Aurelian walls, the Via Appia, the Tiber, city bridges, street photography, an extensive collection of “Rome by night” photographs. Moods: foggy, sunny, at sunset, storm, panoramic views.
THE VATICAN – Saint Peter’s dome, Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel, the Raphael Rooms, Saint Peter’s square, Swiss Guards.
THE PAPAL BASILICAS – Santa Maria Maggiore, San Paolo fuori le Mura, Saint John Lateran (San Giovanni in Laterano) and Saint Peter’s (see above).
CHURCHES – A considerable number of monumental churches, photographed in detail both on the inside and outside, including:
Sant’Agnese in Agone
Sant’Agostino (Raphael’s Isaiah)
Sant’Andrea al Quirinale
Sant’Andrea della Valle
Sant’Andrea delle Frate (Bernini angels)
San Bernardo alle Terme
San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane
Santa Cecilia in Trastevere (including Cavallini frescoes)
Santa Constanza Mausoleum and Sant’Agnese fuori le Mura
San Giorgio in Velabro
San Girolamo della Carità
San Gregorio Magno
Sant’Isidoro a Capo le Case
Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza
San Lorenzo fuori le Mura
San Luigi dei Francesi (Caravaggios)
San Marco in Campidoglio
Santa Maria degli Angeli
Santa Maria del Popolo (major chapels and Caravaggios)
Santa Maria della Pace (Raphael frescoes and cloister by Bramante)
Santa Maria della Vittoria
Santa Maria in Aracoeli
Santa Maria in Cosmedin
Santa Maria in Domnica
Santa Maria in Monserrato
Santa Maria in Trastevere
Santa Maria sopra Minerva
San Pietro in Montorio (including outside of Bramante’s Tempietto)
San Pietro in Vincoli
Santi Quattro Coronati
Oratorio del Santissimo Crocefisso
San Sebastiano fuori le Mura
San Silvestro in Capite
Santo Stefano Rotondo
SS Trinità dei Monti
La Vallicella & Oratorio dei Filippini
Photo Galleries of Rome