Piranesi as interpreter of Roman architecture
and the origins of his intellectual world
2006, cm 15 x 21, 314 pp. con 65 ill. f.t. English Text.
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Dedicato a G.B. Piranesi, studioso di architettura romana, il volume analizza la sua polemica contro gli studiosi ellenisti di antichità alla luce di nuovi elementi. L’autrice rintraccia dei precedenti, riguardo alle idee di Piranesi, nei classici e nella letteratura e architettura rinascimentale, evidenziando la presa di posizione tradizionalista di Cato Major espressa attraverso l’architettura bugnata come fonte di ispirazione per l’artista. Le vedute di Piranesi sono esaminate nel contesto di altre teorie architettoniche dell’Italia del Settecento. (English text).
The book is devoted to G.B. Piranesi as a scholar of Roman architecture, and analyzes his polemic against the philhellene scholars of antiquities, in the light of new documents. The author finds the precedents for Piranesi’s concepts in classical and Renaissance literature and architecture, highlighting Cato Major’s traditionalist stand and the rusticated architecture which expresses it as the sources of influence on the artist. Piranesi’s views are analyzed in the context of other architectural theories current in 18th-century Italy.
Lola Kantor-Kazovsky was born in 1957 in Moscow and studied art history at Moscow University. She worked as a curator in the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts and wrote on 18th century European art, as well as on contemporary artists. Since 1992 she has been living in Jerusalem, where she wrote her doctorate on Piranesi with late Prof. Moshe Barasch. She currently is a lecturer in art history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her publications include articles on architectural history, on European art and architecture as reflected in the poetry of Mandelötam and on Russian non-conformist art.