"Amore regulato": Papal nephews and their palaces in eighteenth-century Rome

Heather Hyde Minor

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In the early modern period, families of popes had an extraordinary ability to shape Rome's architectural and urban fabric. The most important architectural project of any papal family in the papal capital was their palace. In 1753, when Cardinal Neri Corsini contentedly surveyed his palace, the satisfaction he felt would have been familiar to papal relatives for more than 250 years. But unlike generations of papal nephews before him, Neri could take added pride in the fact that he had done it all on his own, relying on his wit rather than the papal coffers. The Palazzo Corsini, like the Palazzo Albani and the Palazzo Braschi, was a rarity in eighteenth-century Rome. Through a combination of the traditional practice of careful study of primary sources with cultural history, broadly conceived, this article illuminates the set of political exigencies and social circumstances that led to the extinction of this architectural form, which had shaped the Eternal City for centuries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)68-91+149
JournalJournal of the Society of Architectural Historians
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • History
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts


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