Architecture and poetry: the ‘Casa dei Crescenzi’ and its inscriptions
24 May 2023
Although a fraction of its original size, the “Casa dei Crescenzi” is the most imaginative recycling of ancient architecture to survive from medieval Rome. Three poems inscribed on its façades, one as much a collage as the building, address the passer-by in a now indistinct voice. What role did the building originally play on the Roman stage, and what were the messages it ventriloquized through its inscriptions?
Fabio Barry (Warburg Institute)