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This piazza lies between the Pantheon and the church of S.Ivo, with that of S.Eustachio flanking its northern side. Like the human body, architecture had a special importance for Stokes, in the interplay it presented between part and whole. He delighted, too, in its articulation of exterior and interior space and in its orderly contrasts of texture. In 1965 he stated that ever since his first visit to Italy in 1922 it had seemed to him 'that behind all the masterpieces there lay a simple progression, the progression for instance that I then observed from a cobbled street to the smooth flanks of a building.'

September 2004