Italy in the 1920s was a Catholic country in general economic distress ruled by a Fascist government. While elements of its political and religious faces were documented by Hoppé, the photographer also captured the "cities time has passed by", noting in articles the fact that the "fever of reconstruction" sweeping Europe had not reached the many towns of the Italian countryside. He also catalogued many of the details of Italy's rich architectural and artistic history, including the faces and habitations of the people themselves that added to his work on human typologies. Hoppé's modernist sensibility was entirely at home with the dynamic facades of Mussolini's brave new Fascist architecture as it was with the stadiums of old Rome and the piazzas of Venice.

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Rome, 1924

Venice, 1934

Venice, 1934

Venice, 1924

Rome, 1924

Narni, 1934

Rome, 1924

Rome, 1924

Rome, 1924

Romgua, 1934

Trevi Fountain, 1924

Pompeii, 1934

Abruzzo, 1934

Fiore, 1934

Abruzzo, 1934

Umbria, 1934

Sicily, 1924

Sicily, 1924

Children, 1934

San Merino, 1934