Instauratio Urbis – Piranesi’s Campo Marzio Versus Nolli’s Nuova Pianta di Roma
Instauratio Urbis means that the installment of the city. In this chapter author introduces this concept with the attempts to restore the form of ancient Rome, beginning in the fifteenth century. There are many examples about the mapping of Rome to explain the Instauratio Urbis. Since ancient Rome had no overall plan, this concept applied by a careful and selective topographic survey of the ancient ruins of the city.
What mostly affected me is the way the maps were produced by different architects even the city is the same. For example, one of the most impressive attempts at instauration Urbis is Pirro Ligorio’ Antiquae Urbis imago of 1561. This is an important attempt because he used the ruins of the city not just as an evidence of a past but also became examples that resonated to the contemporary city forms.
As in the book said, Piranesi’s Campo Marzio was affected from Ligorio’s reconstruction of the ancient Rome. Actually, he was affected many other attempts because he was mostly worked with the designer while they were working on their works.
Most important things while the mapping was the historical monuments of the ancient Rome. So, different approaches focus on this data. For example, Nolli’s map was approaching the city in a wider spectrum by showing the details.
There are many difficult words that was hard to understand while reading. So, I am afraid I missed a lot of point on this text.