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Building an Idea
McKim, Mead & White and the American Academy in Rome
Building an Idea
McKim, Mead & White and the American Academy in Rome
1914-2014
Edited by Marida Talamona and Peter Benson Miller
Table of Contents
Mark Robbins
Canons
7
Peter Benson Miller
Building an Idea
11
Marida Talamona
McKim, Mead & White: Building the American Academy
on the Janiculum Hill, 1911-1914
29
Barry Bergdoll
Intellectual Acropoli in Dialogue: New York and Rome
69
Francesca Romana Stabile
Filippo Galassi and L’Arte moderna del fabbricare
89
Lindsay Harris
“An Ever-Widening Circle”: Rome and its Artistic Community circa 1914
121
Sebastian Hierl The Arthur & Janet C. Ross Library
143
Adele Chatfield-Taylor and Cristina Puglisi
On the Preservation of the McKim, Mead & White Building
151
Paola Porretta
Abbreviations
AAR Archives
American Academy in Rome, Archives of American Art,
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
AAR Photographic Archive American Academy in Rome, Photographic Archive, Rome
ACSArchivio Centrale dello Stato, Rome
ANR Archivio Notarile di Roma
ASCArchivio Storico Capitolino, Rome
ASR Archivio di Stato di Roma
Drawings and Archives Collections, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York
Fragments from the Ancient Landscape: the Aurelian Wall the Aqua Traiana
171
Federica Causarano
Archival Sources in Rome
195
Index of names
Acknowledgements
Image credits
209
212
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american academy in rome
We are particularly grateful to MAXXI Architettura, and to Caterina Carletti Galassi for her kind permission to reproduce material
from the Fondo Galassi on extended loan to the Archivio di Stato di Roma.
This volume is published in conjunction with the exhibition organized
under the High Patronage of the President of the Republic of Italy
Special thanks to:
Cinzia Abbate, Paolo Alei, Laura Armiero, Cono Aldo Barnà, Maria Temide Bergamaschi, Mario Bevilacqua, Jeffrey Blanchard,
Orsola Bonifati, Maria Bonmassar, Vincent J. Buonanno, Cecilia Burla, Pippo Ciorra, Jean-Louis Cohen, Pablo Castro Estevez,
Carole Ann Fabian, Vincenzo Frustaci, Maria Antonella Fusco, Patrizia Gori, Victoria de Grazia, Margherita Guccione, Mari Yoko
Hara, Lindsay Harris, Tullia Iori, Eugenio Lo Sardo, Ginevra Mariani, Elisabetta Pallottino, Giovanni Panebianco, Maria Antonietta
Quesada, Mariarosaria Senofonte, Elena Tinacci, Riccardo Santangeli Valenzani, Carlo Vigevano, and the entire staff and
community of the American Academy in Rome, including Giulia Barra, Gianpaolo Battaglia, Paolo Brozzi, Francesco Cagnizzi,
Tina Cancemi, Anna Celenza, Giulia Ciccarello, Lavinia Ciuffa, Inga Clausing, Emiliano Di Carlo, Enrico Dressler, Maria Sole Fabri,
Madi Gandolfo, Denise Gavio, Paolo Imperatori, Caroline Jennings, Marina Lella, Marques McClary, Antonio Palladino, Pina
Pasquantonio and Giulia Ravaglioli.
Building an Idea: McKim, Mead & White and the American Academy in Rome, 1914-2014
American Academy in Rome
21 May – 29 June 2014
Organized in collaboration with the Archivio di Stato di Roma,
the Archivio Storico Capitolino and the Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica
A project conceived by Peter Benson Miller
Exhibition curator: Marida Talamona
Exhibition coordinator: Lexi Eberspacher
Assistant to the curator: Federica Causarano
Patronage
Exhibition designer: Umberto Riva in collaboration with Emilio Scarano
Installation constructed by Edil Tree di Alessio Alaimo
Gallery installer: Stefano Silvia
Insurance provided by Arte Assicurazioni
Transport provided by Apice
Frames by Colutto
Photographs printed by Irfe Colore
Installation photographs by Davide Franceschini – altrospazio
Support
Catalogue edited by Marida Talamona and Peter Benson Miller
Designed and published by Gli ori
Translations by Peter Benson Miller, Sylvia Notini and Emanuela Zirzotti
Support for this exhibition and catalogue was provided in part by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and from the
Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.
The organizers would like to extend their profound gratitude to the following lenders to the exhibition: the Archivio di Stato di
Roma, the Archivio Storico Capitolino, the Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica, the Biblioteca Centrale della Facoltà di Architettura
at the Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza,” the Biblioteca Romana, the Photographic Archive of the British School at
Rome, as well as the Arthur & Janet C. Ross Library and the Photographic Archive, both at the American Academy in Rome,
with additional loans from the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian
Institution, the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library at Columbia University, the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, the
Morgan Library & Museum, the New York Historical Society and the University of Pennsylvania Archives.
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Print
Bandecchi & Vivaldi, Pontedera, Italy
© Copyright 2014
American Academy in Rome
for the edition, Gli Ori, Pistoia, Italy
ISBN 978-88-7336-543-3
All rights reserved
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american academy in rome
Board of Trustees
President and CEO
Mark Robbins, FAAR’97
Laurie Anderson, RAAR’06
Director
Christopher S. Celenza, FAAR’94
Mercedes T. Bass, Vice Chairman
Michael Rock, FAAR’00
Cynthia L. Beck
John F.W. Rogers
Martin Brody, RAAR’02
Vincent J. Buonanno
Christopher S. Celenza, FAAR’94, Director*
Deputy Director
Cristina Puglisi
Andrew Heiskell Arts Director
Peter Benson Miller
Andrew W. Mellon Professor-in-Charge of the School of Classical Studies
Kimberly Bowes, FAAR’06
Drue Heinz Librarian
Sebastian Hierl
Senior Programs Officer
Anne Coulson
Programs Associate
Lexi Eberspacher
Photographic Archive
Alessandra Capodiferro, Consulting Curator
Lavinia Ciuffa, Consulting Archivist
Mark Robbins, FAAR’97, President*
Daniel G. Cohen
C. Brian Rose, FAAR’92, RAAR’12, Chairman of the Executive Committee
Louisa Stude Sarofim
John M. Shapiro, Vice Chairman
Anthony Corbeill, FAAR’95
Laurie Simmons, RAAR’05
Patricia Cronin, FAAR’07*
Frank M. Snowden, RAAR’03
Cary J. Davis
David M. Stone, FAAR’98
Ginevra Elkann
Robert Storr
Mary E. Frank
Steven Stucky, RAAR’06
Richard L. Grubman
Calvin Tsao, RAAR’10
Lyle Ashton Harris, FAAR’01
Rea S. Hederman
Drue Heinz
Walter J. Hood, FAAR’97
Mary Margaret Jones, FAAR’98, Chair of the Board of Trustees
Charles K. Williams, II
Tod C. Williams, FAAR’83
Fred Wilson
Thomas F. Kelly, FAAR’86, RAAR’02
Life Trustees
David A. Lang, FAAR’91
Michael Graves, FAAR’62, RAAR’79
Paul S. Levy
Michael C.J. Putnam, FAAR’64, RAAR’70
Thom Mayne
William B. McGurn, iii
Roberto A. Mignone
Valentina Moncada di Paternò
Helen Nagy, FAAR’86, RAAR’09
Bruce Nauman, RAAR’87
Nancy G. Novogrod
John A. Pinto, FAAR’75, RAAR’06
* ex officio
Francine C. Prose, RAAR’96
FAAR Fellow, American Academy in Rome
RAAR Resident, American Academy in Rome
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Photography credits
Archives of American Art/Smithsonian Institution 21, 23, 25
Caterina Carletti Galassi 63, 102
American Academy in Rome, Photographic Archive 2, 6, 10,
13, 14, 17 (bottom), 18, 20, 28, 48, 52, 53, 58 (top and
bottom), 61, 64 (bottom) 92, 93, 120, 123, 124, 142, 148,
181
Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica 31
American School (American School of Classical Studies at
Athens, Gorham P. Stevens Papers) 65 (bottom)
Archivio di Stato di Roma, 60, 99, 151, 175, 183, 194 (ph.
Davide Franceschini – altrospazio) 22, 35, 55, 59, 81, 83, 85,
202, 205, 206
Archivio Storico Capitolino 42, 44, 45 (top and bottom), 47,
51, 98, 101, 178, 179, 197, 200, 201
Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University
68, 75, 80
The British School at Rome
Mimmo Capone 157, 159, 161
Roberto Einaudi 153
Davide Franceschini – altrospazio 154-155, 163
Gerardo Gaetani 160
Alex MacLean 152
Mead Art Museum, Amherst College
The Pierpont Morgan Library
Sheila Nardulli 156
New York Historical Society 64 (top)
Pach Bros./Mary Evans Picture Library/Scala, Firenze 19
Giuseppe Primoli, Archivio Primoli 131, 137
Maria Pasolini Ponti 134
Cristina Puglisi 150
Roma Capitale 17 (top)
Marco Sfavillante 166
University of Pennsylvania Archives 65 (top)
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