This online exhibition from The Morgan Library & Museum allows visitors to virtually explore August Hare's popular guidebook "Walks in Rome," published in 1870. Views dating from the nineteenth century showing just over a dozen famous sites in Rome - such as the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, or the Villa Medici - are paired with contemporary views from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, often including literary works as well. For example, J.M.W. Turner's painting, Interior of St. Peter's Basilica is paired with a photograph of the Basilica's dome from 1983 and a passage from Lord Byron's Childe Harold's Pilgrimage (1818). The Triton Fountain, designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, 1624-43, can be viewed in print from 1852 and in a color photograph from 2008, along with an excerpt from Robert Browning's poem The Ring and the Book. There is also an interactive map based on a digital version of Paul-Marie Letarouilly's 1841 plan of Rome to allow visitors to plot the locations of the attractions they visit virtually; however, this would not launch the day we visited.
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