The fundamental study of the Trajan Column by Ranuccio Bianchi Bandinelli, the great archaeologist who revolutionized the traditional conception of classical art.
[The master of works of Trajan]. In this elegant volume, the second in the series of the Essays of the Rome Archaeology Service, after that of Salvatore Settis, it is finally possible to reread this study on the Trajan Column, fundamental for the issue of the originality of Roman art, which outlines the figure of its absolute protagonist, the Master of Works of Trajan. Splendid photographs of the reliefs after restoration can now illustrate, with great efficacy, the passages of this history in images, which were selected by Bianchi Bandinelli himself to support his thesis, along with the necessary comparisons: the friezes of the Mausoleum of the Julii at St-Remy-de-Provence, those of the Arch of Constantine, etc. This book is the fulfillment of the desire often expressed by the author, who in these pages, which rapidly became a “classic”, still has much to teach us about the art of writing on art.