Shaping and remembering an imperial city, 1870–1911
David Atkinson, Denis Cosgrove, and Anna Notaro
the classicalinheritance which was considered a vital ingredient of Italy’s modern
national consciousness. In myriad ways, Rome’s reworked landscapes were constantly
interwoven with references to the idea of empire, metaphorically and literally.
This theme reached a spectacular apotheosis in the most self-consciously
referential symbol of the Liberal state – its national monument, dedicated on 4 June
1911 to the memory of the first king of a united Italy, Vittorio Emanuele II ( Figure 6 ). While public and national