Architectural and religious stratification: the Abbey of Santa Francesca Romana at the Roman Forum, Giacomo Boni’s emblematic restoration project

Gonzalez-Longo, Cristina and Theodossopoulos, D (2012) Architectural and religious stratification: the Abbey of Santa Francesca Romana at the Roman Forum, Giacomo Boni’s emblematic restoration project. In: Le Pietre e L’Eterno. Architetture religiose: construzione e restauro. UNSPECIFIED. ISBN 978-88-97236-03-0

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Abstract

Giacomo Boni (Venice 1859 – Rome 1925), engineer, architect and archaeologist, is a key figure of the culture of the turn of the 20th century. He met John Ruskin in 1876, who he considered as his mentor for the rest of his life. This encounter was contemporary with the creation of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) in England by William Morris, of which Boni would later become an honorary member. This paper analyses the intervention of Boni at Santa Francesca Romana and the influences from SPAB.