Mascorella, Anna: Travel Grant - 2016-2017

College of Architecture, Art, and Planning
Project Title: 
Restoration, Displacement, Appropriation: Negotiating the Baroque Legacy in Fascist Rome
Project Abstract: 
In 1925, Italy's National Fascist Party (PNF) initiated the renovation of Rome. While the PNF championed Italy’s ancient and medieval/Renaissance pasts in redesigning the city, the Baroque past proved to be contentious. Considering the Baroque as a style and as the period in which Spain exercised substantial authority over the Eternal City, my dissertation analyzes the architectural and sociocultural legacies of early modern intra-European colonialism within modern Rome. Examining the restoration of churches, displacement of working classes, and appropriation of enduring Baroque projects, I contend that the PNF reified its xenophobic nationalism through the redesign of Rome by negotiating the myriad legacies of the Baroque.