Views of Rome is the online home of the 1773 edition of Pirro Ligorio's Anteiquae Urbis Imago (Image of the Ancient City), owned by the Michael C. Carlos Museum and MARBL, and is on display in the Antichità gallery of the exhibition. The websites hosts a high-resolution scan of the Imago that functions as an interactive digital tool for use by students in the classroom and by members of the general public. This tool allows users to easily explore the map in its entirety and at an amazing level of detail from anywhere in the world. To facilitate learning, clickable hotspots within the interactive tool provide links to articles pertaining to the structures represented on the map. The articles are intended to provide historical information, discussion of Ligorio's reconstructions, images, and bibliographies to aid users with more in-depth research. The project also seeks to highlight pertinent Renaissance and Early Modern printed volumes and works on paper housed within the collections of the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL) and the Michael C. Carlos Museum.
Emory students, faculty, and library staff are working together in an ongoing process of content development. The first stage of this collaboration occurred in the fall semester of 2012 in an upper level undergraduate course, entitled "Reconstructing Ancient Rome in the Renaissance." The class was taught by Dr. Eric Varner, associate professor of Art History and Classics. Students were asked to choose a monument from the map, develop a bibliography, and compose an article using the WordPress-based browser interface for publication on the website. Some of the work produced by these students is now available. Upcoming course offerings will provide more opportunities for student involvement and interaction with Ligorio and this new digital tool.
Views of Rome is a joint project of the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship; the Art History Department; the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL); and the Michael C. Carlos Museum. Please visit us at disc.library.emory.edu/viewsofrome.