Liz Rideal, Leverhulme Fellowship – Splicing Time in Rome and the Roman Campagna, 2016-17


This project is about human traces, and how these are evoked and recorded in different ways. Inspired by travels funded by Leverhulme, my work investigates Roman sculpture, architecture and the Roman Campagna.The locations visited are pinpointed within the historical maps of Lazio and ’spliced’ with a contemporary map of the same terrain. Old and new photographs are visible side by side in the “Maps” section accompanied by new visions. Flying cloths pretend to evoke spirits of the past, flitting like moths caught in the moment, the camera eye trapping the glimpsed mutable form.


The antique maps are by cartographers Giovanni Battista Cingolani della Pergola c.1740

Giacomo Filippo Ameti Romano, 1693 and a third of Rome itself by Pietro Ruga, 1824, all from the British School at Rome.


The interactive maps within the microsite were coordinated in collaboration with the Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, (CASA), UCL by Dr Duncan Hay and Siyuan Ma, MA.


Rideal’s images are available as digital ink jet prints on Hahnemühle paper, A2 size (42x59cm).



Further research web links


Two in the Campagna by Robert Browning


Specifically Italy and the Roman Campgna:


Interesting C18th traveller information:


Mapping the Via Appia


Grand Tour Travellers, Source: A Dictionary of British and Irish Travellers in Italy, 1701-1800, ed. John Ingamells from the Brinsley Ford Archive (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1997)


The arch at Malborghetto


Pontine Marshes: The Canadian Centre for Architecture


Agricultural workers hut:


Thanks to the following who supported the project:

The Leverhulme Foundation
Dr. Duncan Hay and Siyuan Ma, CASA Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL
All at the British School at Rome including former Directors Andrew Wallace-Hadrill and Christopher Smith, current Director Stephen Milner and Deputy Director Valerie Scott.
The Slade School of Fine Art
UCL Art Museum
Dr. Lisa Beavan, Melbourne University
Dr. Sue Russell
Thom Driver (g e t o f f t h e w e b)
Professor Gill Perry
Vivien Lovell, Director at Modus Operandi Art Consultants, Chair of the Faculty of Fine Art, BSR
Kim Sloan, British Museum
Professor Paul Hills
Professor John Mullan

On the road:
Dr. Robert Hearn, Assistant Professor in Cultural and Historical Geography Nottingham University
Robert Whytehead, former Regional Archaeologist, Greater London, English Heritage
Michael Helston
Stefano Francocci, Direttore Museo Civico di Nepi
Daniel Roger, Conservateur en chef, Musée du Louvre
Patricio in Velletri
Lorenzo in Cerveteri
Gino in Fallierii Nova
Andrea Venier, Ministry of Cultural Heritage in Malborghetto
Giovanni the watermelon engineer near Fondi
Franco, the curator-keeper at Itri castle





Image credits:
Pietra Pertusa, this site near the Arch of Malborghetto was visited by archaeologists, Thomas Ashby (1874-1931), Rodolfo Amedeo Lanciani (1847-1929) and Peter Paul, Mackey (1851-1935). Black and white photographs c. British School at Rome.