The Neo-Renaissance or eclectic style in Rome

The Neo-Gothic or Neo-Renaissance or eclectic style in the district Monti

It is really unusual having a stroll in the Monti district, immersed as it is among the ruins of ancient Rome, on which Medieval and Renaissance architecture up to 19th-century housing realities imposed themselves. The latter are of Neo -Gothic or Neo-Renaissance style which was later eclectic. The eclectic started from literature and architecture – including gardens – and only later it influenced the visual arts. It continued to be alive until the beginning of the 20th century and it loved contamination. It arrived in Italy in the second half of the 19th century even if  unfortunately it did not have much success. However, born in the Anglo-Saxon -English and American – environments, the eclectic style returns to feed above all on the Christian Middle Ages, the Renaissance and Baroque, but also on their sources, ancient Rome and Greece. Not only. Eclecticism feeds on exoticism and cosmopolitanism.

Therefore, our cultural stroll will start from the Medieval cloister of the Basilica of St. John in Lateran, and will knock the door of villa Giustiniani* soon after. Here we will be lost among the brushes of the Nazzareni (the German 19th-century team of painters living in Rome) and will discover Dante, Ariosto and Tasso: definitely an Italian literary chest in frescoes!

Going out from there, very soon we will find ouselves in front the Auditorium of Mecenate** which sticks out from the ground (and possibly as for a special opening. Or have a special opening of the last Roman aristocratic palace, built in an eclectic style in 1880: Palazzo Brancaccio***. We will carry on loosing ourselves in the riot of mosaics in the medieval chapel of s. Zeno, in the Basilica of S. Praxedis, to finish with the wonderful Neo-Gothic Episcopal Church of St. Paul’s Within the Walls on via Nazionale. It was the first non-Catholic church ever built in Rome and it was decorated with mosaics by the Pre-Raphaelite Burne-Jones and by the American muralist George W. Breck later.

*Villa Giustiniani is only visitable on Tuesdays, Thursdays both in the morning and in the afternoon, and on Sunday mornings.

**Auditorium of Mecenate is only visitable as a special visit to be reserved one month before to be sure to have a space to visit it

***Palazzo Brancaccio, special opening to be reserved in advance

Our Neo-Renaissance stroll lasts from 5 to 6 hours. and it can be customized according to tastes and choices of the participants, and/or special openings

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