Italian Reflections (Cont.): The Platypus Travels Part IX
A wilderness of stone.
In the 18th and 19th centuries, artists and architects would come to Rome to sketch the ruins. From those sketches came profusions of paintings, engravings, books, and new feats of design. Ruins were picturesque. In the 21st century, they are still picturesque. What creative inspiration now flows from them? A million snapshots and the occasional blog post.