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Memory and the Trevi Fountain

Flows of Political Power in Media Performance

by Pamela Krist (Author)
Monographs XX, 328 Pages
Series: Cultural Memories, Volume 13

Summary

Why do you throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain and make a wish?
This book links cultural memory with the materiality of the Trevi Fountain as historical monument and uses this perspective to examine its imagery in art, literature, film and music, concluding with the e-Trevi on the internet. How memory takes different pathways is of current interest in memory studies and the cross-disciplinary approach taken here considers how memory travels between media as well as exploring related issues such as forgetting and media convergence.
Yet there is a dark side to the Trevi, previously unexplored, of memory linked to water, which runs counter to its usual blue sky image, and this ambiguity is unravelled. The book also conveys the international, national and localized meanings of the Fountain and describes the changing ideologies that are hidden in the many performances the monument is made to give. The Trevi is symbolic of both commodification and misogyny, symbols that flow with changing and contemporary meanings. Throw your coin with care!

Table Of Content

  • Cover
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • About the author
  • About the book
  • This eBook can be cited
  • Contents
  • List of Figures
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • Part I The Remembered Fountain
  • Chapter 1 Shaping the Trevi in History and Memory
  • Chapter 2 Three Popes and the Fountain: Reworking Myths of Power
  • Part II The Media Fountain and Narratives of Power
  • Chapter 3 Picturing the Trevi in Engraved Futures and False Pasts
  • Chapter 4 Literary Nymphs in Search of the Remembered Fountain
  • Chapter 5 Glamorous Disguises for Political Undercurrents in Trevi Film and Music
  • Chapter 6 The Branded Monument and Digital Memory
  • Conclusion
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Series index

Memory and the
Trevi Fountain

Flows of Political Power in Media Performance

Pamela Krist

About the author

Pamela Krist completed her PhD in Italian Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is now an independent researcher with current areas of interest in memory and colour, and memory and water.

About the book

Why do you throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain and make a wish?

This book links cultural memory with the materiality of the Trevi Fountain as historical monument and uses this perspective to examine its imagery in art, literature, film and music, concluding with the e-Trevi on the internet. How memory takes different pathways is of current interest in memory studies and the cross-disciplinary approach taken here considers how memory travels between media as well as exploring related issues such as forgetting and media convergence.

Yet there is a dark side to the Trevi, previously unexplored, of memory linked to water, which runs counter to its usual blue sky image, and this ambiguity is unravelled. The book also conveys the international, national and localized meanings of the Fountain and describes the changing ideologies that are hidden in the many performances the monument is made to give. The Trevi is symbolic of both commodification and misogyny, symbols that flow with changing and contemporary meanings. Throw your coin with care!

This eBook can be cited

This edition of the eBook can be cited. To enable this we have marked the start and end of a page. In cases where a word straddles a page break, the marker is placed inside the word at exactly the same position as in the physical book. This means that occasionally a word might be bifurcated by this marker.

Figures

Figure 1. Trevi Fountain, photo © David Iliff/
Wikimedia Commons

Figure 2. Night time at the Fountain, photo by author

Figure 3. Statue of Oceanus, photo by author

Figure 4. Triton with calm horse, photo © Marie-Lan Nguyen/Wikimedia Commons

Figure 5. Triton with agitated horse, photo © Marie-Lan Nguyen/Wikimedia Commons

Figure 6. Statue of Health, photo by author

Figure 7. Statue of Fertility, photo by author

Figure 8. Trivia bas-relief, photo © Marie-Lan Nguyen/Wikimedia Commons

Figure 9. Agrippa bas-relief, photo © Marie-Lan Nguyen/Wikimedia Commons

Figure 10. The Fames on the attic above inscription, photo by author

Figure 11. Dusk in the Piazza, photo by author←ix | x→

Figure 12. Chiaroscuro effect on Trevi façade, photo by author

Figure 13. The fontanina [little fountain], photo by author

Figure 14. View across Piazza from the fontanina, photo by author

Figure 15. Madonna shrine, corner of Piazza di Trevi, photo by author

Figure 16. Franzini (ed.), woodcut print showing Nicholas V Trevi: © The British Library Board, 1568/8986

Figure 17. View across Piazza, Quirinale attic on skyline, photo by author

Figure 18. Moses Fountain, photo © Miguel Hermosa Cuesta/Wikimedia Commons

Figure 19. Fountain of Paul V, photo by author

Figure 20. The amphitheatre and audience, photo by author

Figure 21. Pier Leon Ghezzi, caricature of Nicola Salvi (1744), © Biblioteca Apostilica Vaticana, Ott.lat.3118–143vv

Figure 22. Helen Paterson, drawing for L’Illustration (1873), © Mary Evans Picture Library

Figure 23. Padlocks of love on church railings in Piazza di Trevi, photo by author

Figure 24. The Fountain with red water, photo © Diego D’Attilio/Wikimedia Commons←x | xi→

Figure 25. Attribution: Giacomo della Porta, unexecuted design (1590), © The Albertina Museum, Vienna: AZ Rom 11 (Brunnen, U.1/Nr 6), <https://www.albertina.at>

Figure 26. Anonymous, unexecuted design (1640), © The Albertina Museum, Vienna: AZ Rom 7 (Brunnen, u.1/nr 7), <https://www.albertina.at>

Figure 27. Attribution: Bernardo Borromini, unexecuted design (1706), © The Albertina Museum, Vienna: ZX14, <https://www.albertina.at>

Figure 28. Virginio Braccio, drawing of unexecuted Salvi design, © Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture/Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal, DRI966_0001_102

Figure 29. Escutcheon of Cardinal Santobono, Presidente delle acque, photo by author

Figure 30. Pier Leone Ghezzi, sketch of Trivia’s home (1744), © bpk/Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin/Dietmar Katz

Figure 31. Joannes Georgius Graevius, ed., print showing gemstone and print of Trivia and soldiers (early 1700s), © The British Library Board, L.R.302.a.1

Figure 32. Giovanni Battista Falda print, ‘Chiesa dei Santi Vincenzo et Anastasio alla Fontana di Trevi’ (1660), © The British Library Board, 744.b.19

Figure 33. Lieven Cruyl, ‘Veduta della Piazza di Trevi’ (1667), © The British Library Board, Maps. K. Top.LXXXI.79←xi | xii→

Figure 34. Booklet cover showing section of Piranesi print, © Istituto nazionale per la grafica, Rome, beside photo of section, kind permission of photographer, Antonio Udini. Photo of cover by author

Figure 35. Piranesi print, frontal perspective (c. 1770s), Wikimedia Commons, source: University of Tokyo

Figure 36. Piranesi print, side view of Trevi (c. 1770s), Wikimedia Commons, Google Art Project

Figure 37. Pannini, oil painting of gallery, Views of Modern Rome (1757), Wikimedia Commons, Google Art project

Figure 38. Lithograph by Philippe and Felix Benoist (c. 1870) for their album Rome dans sa Grandeur (1870), © The British Library Board, Cup.652.a.1

Figure 39. Louise Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun, oil painting of Germaine de Staël (c. 1807), source: Wikimedia Commons, The Yorck Project

Figure 40. Costume for Anita Ekberg, Fountain scene, La dolce vita (1960), © Cassia Afini/Wikimedia Commons

Figure 41. Unfulfilled screen kiss, Sylvia and Marcello in the Trevi, La dolce vita (1960), grab by author

Figure 42. Recreation of La dolce vita Fountain scene, C’eravamo tanto amati [We Used To Love Each Other So Much] (1974), dir. Ettore Scola, grab by author←xii | xiii→

Figure 43. Booklet cover, ‘Cinema Made in Italy’ promoting Italian film festival, London (2016), © ISTITUTO LUCE-CINECITTÀ

Details

Pages
XX, 328
ISBN (PDF)
9781788740159
ISBN (ePUB)
9781788740166
ISBN (MOBI)
9781788740173
ISBN (Softcover)
9781788740142
Language
English
Publication date
2019 (November)
Tags
Cultural memory and materiality of iconic fountain Political power of water and mediated control of memory memory studies cultural memory Trevi Fountain Cross-disciplinary travels of memory in art, literature, film, music, and cyberspace
Published
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, New York, Wien, 2020. XX, 328 pp., 21 fig. col., 29 fig. b/w

Biographical notes

Pamela Krist (Author)

Pamela Krist completed her PhD in Italian Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is now an independent researcher with current areas of interest in memory and colour, and memory and water.

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