Ara Pacis /// Richard Meier’s Museo dell‘ Ara Pacis [Part 2]
This is a Powerpoint presentation I created for the Art & Architectural History of the Classical World class I took in college. It’s an overview of the history of the altar, the emperor Augustus, and the various shelters built around the altar for its preservation - focusing mainly on Richard Meier’s museum which now houses it. The presentation was meant to prompt the discussion ‘Does the design of Meier’s museum disregard or build upon Roman history?’, calling into question cultural sensitivity when building in an historic context. And in all honestly, it was also a blatant excuse for me to show off some of the pictures that I took in Rome since I had studied abroad in Italy the previous semester. What can I say? I was excited to share! (Images sources for photos not taken by me are listen on each slide.)
What are your thoughts about building new in an established historic context?