|classic Coppedè sculptural detail|
|You can peak inside too.|
The palazzo, built in 1927, the year Coppedè died, has his signature sculptural effects and, like Coppedè, defies categorization. Coppedè has been variously described as an architect in the Art Nouveau, "Liberty" ( a particularly Italian designation falling between Art Nouveau and Art Deco, we think), and barocchetto traditions. For many years his architecture was not highly valued in Rome. He was seen mostly as idiosyncratic. But there has been a rehabilitation of his reputation, and the Quartiere Coppedè is now a highly prized, and very expensive, residential area.
|One of the paired via dei Ramni buildings in the San|
Back to Piazza Barberini and via Veneto: there is no dearth of visual stimuli - Bernini's Triton fountain, his bee fountain, the Capuchin crypt nearby that was a subject of a recent post, the Cinema Barberini designed by Marcello Piacentini, the Hotel Bernini Bristol with its rooftop bar, a view of Palazzo Barberini. But, if you take time to look up at the corner of via Veneto and Piazza Barberini, we think you'll find the view worthwhile.
|Look up at the corner.|
|And a reference to Fascism|
See also a nice photo essay in English at this site: http://photographictravelsinitaly.blogspot.com/2009/06/coppede.html