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Alexander VII and The Private Builder: Two Case Studies in the Development of Via del Corso in Rome
Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (1990)
  • Dorothy Metzger Habel, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Abstract
The histories of the construction of Piazza del Collegio Romano and of Palazzo D'Aste, both in Rome, located in close proximity to one another and realized during the papacy of Alexander VII Chigi (1655-1667), are reconstructed on the basis of archival documentation. In the case of Piazza del Collegio Romano (1659-1667), the study reveals the involvement not only of the Jesuits of Collegio Romano but also of Prince Camillo Pamphili and Alexander VII. The history of the piazza project, and especially the relationship between Pamphili and Alexander VII, suggests that the project grew to include the development of Palazzo Pamphili along the Corso and, thus, was conceived in the larger context of the pope's program for via del Corso. The history of Palazzo D'Aste emphasizes the selection of the D'Aste family to develop this critical site at the southernmost end of the Corso, the evolution of the palace design, and the impact of the site on its architecture. In both cases, the role of private builders in the achievement of Alexander VII's ambition to develop the Corso is documented, and the two discrete building projects are linked to the comprehensive planning program for via del Corso. Article DOI: 10.2307/990520
Publication Date
September, 1990
Citation Information
Dorothy Metzger Habel. "Alexander VII and The Private Builder: Two Case Studies in the Development of Via del Corso in Rome" Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians Vol. XLIX Iss. 3 (1990)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/dorothy_habel/6/