Often preserved through photographs and other reproductions, ruins reference an ideal that has fallen into disrepair. This kind of decay is often monumentalized as a cultural landmark, and are visited as tourist attractions and distributed through postcards.
Giovanni Antonio Canal, La Portique a la Lanterne, 1744.
Italian, Stereoview Photograph of the Arch of Settimio Severo (A),Early 20th Century.
Italian, Stereoview Photograph of the Arch of Settimio Severo (B), Early 20th Century
David Roberts, Obelisk at Alexandria, 1838
Samuel Sparrow, Wenlock Monastery, Shropshire, 1774
Italian, Landscape View of the Roman Forum, Unknown
Anthonie Waterloo, Untitled Etching, Mid-17th Century
I. Harris Sculp, The North Prospect of Ludlow Castle, 1721
Italian, View of Castel SanT'Angelo and the Cupola of St. Peter's Basilica, Unknown
Filippo Vasconi, Vetuda della Chiesa Ducale di S Marco (View of the Church of Saint Marco), 1729
Unknown artist, Kenyon House Hotel, Unknown date
Keystone View Company, The Sphinx and Pyramid at Khufu, Gizeh, Egypt, 1906
Historic American Buildings Survey, Views of 1521-1523 Central Avenue (Commercial Building), Cincinnati, Hamilton County, OH, Late 19th century