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Theory of Restoration in Italy from 1943 to 1956


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Vujnović, Andrea. (2013). Theory of Restoration in Italy from 1943 to 1956. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Art History. [mentor Špikić, Marko].

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The beginning of modern restoration is marked by three theories, presented in the first part of the thesis: historical, philological and scientific. Although revolutionary in the late 19th and early 20th century, they revealed all their imperfections once confronted with a severe damage and devastation after World War II. Since the old principles were no longer applicable, it was necessary to find appropriate solutions and resolve many emerging doubts about the correct approach to restoration. This thesis puts emphasis on a new critical theory of restoration by studying the most prominent works of its main theorists from the 1940s and 1950s. Text analyses follow brief biographies of the leading representatives of the theory (Carlo Ceschi, Agnoldomenico Pica, Roberto Pane, Guglielmo De Angelis d'Ossat, Renato Bonelli, Cesare Brandi, Alfredo Barbacci) who, although surrounded by chaos and ruins, have created a polemic climate within the profession and wider Italian public. Harsh criticism, emotional appeals, clear warnings and descriptions of possible solutions are the backbone of most works. The goal is to provide an insight into the post-war restoration by overviewing the most important essays and books with accompanying visual material. In chronological order, the thesis seeks to present the development of a new theory, compare earlier works with later ones, demonstrate the contrast between theory and practice and introduce this as yet unexplored field of history of restoration to Croatian audience.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: surroundings, Italy, critical restoration, minor architecture, superintendency, post-war reconstruction, historic urban areas
Subjects: History of art
Departments: Department of Art History
Supervisor: Špikić, Marko
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2014 16:09
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2014 23:24

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