During the Renaissance, a renewed interest in the classical period elevated architecture to one of the highest forms of artistic discipline. Inspired by the symmetry and perspective found in temples of the Ancient Greeks and Romans, Italian Renaissance architects created new visual forms which influenced Western modern architecture for centuries. Italianate architecture flourished during America’s colonial era and in the 19th century returned again to the forefront. Explore the world of Italian architecture through a display drawn from the Library’s collection of Renaissance through 19th-Century rare books. Photographs of local buildings featuring Italianate architecture in Cincinnati and neighboring cities of Newport and Covington accompany the exhibit. Revived Italian Architecture: From Classical Inspiration to Modernity was on display in the Joseph S. Stern, Jr. Cincinnati Room, January 31- April 30, 2014.