The Architecture of Modern Italy: Vol. 1: The Challenge of Tradition, 1750-1900

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Princeton Architectural Press, Jun 2, 2005 - Architecture - 256 pages
“Modern Italy”may sound like an oxymoron. For Western civilization,Italian culture represents the classical past and the continuity of canonical tradition,while modernity is understood in contrary terms of rupture and rapid innovation. Charting the evolution of a culture renowned for its historical past into the 10 modern era challenges our understanding of both the resilience of tradition and the elasticity of modernity. We have a tendency when imagining Italy to look to a rather distant and definitely premodern setting. The ancient forum, medieval cloisters,baroque piazzas,and papal palaces constitute our ideal itinerary of Italian civilization. The Campo of Siena,Saint Peter’s,all of Venice and San Gimignano satisfy us with their seemingly unbroken panoramas onto historical moments untouched by time;but elsewhere modern intrusions alter and obstruct the view to the landscapes of our expectations. As seasonal tourist or seasoned historian,we edit the encroachments time and change have wrought on our image of Italy. The learning of history is always a complex task,one that in the Italian environment is complicated by the changes wrought everywhere over the past 250 years. Culture on the peninsula continues to evolve with characteristic vibrancy. Italy is not a museum. To think of it as such—as a disorganized yet phenomenally rich museum unchanging in its exhibits—is to misunderstand the nature of the Italian cultural condition and the writing of history itself.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgmenis
9
Alessandro Galilei and San Giovanni Laterano
22
Fernando Fuga and the Albergo dei Poveri
40
Giacomo Quarenghi
59
The Patronage of Pope Pius VI
73
Napoleon in Iialy 18001815
87
Turin
101
Napoleons Interest in Archeology
120
Construction in Iron
166
Turin the First Capital
186
Milan the Industrial Capital
199
Palermo and National Unification
217
Monumental Symbols of the New State
231
A National Architecture
246
Bibliography
260
Crediis
275

The Borghese and the Torlonia of Rome
136
Pantheon Progeny and Carlo Barabino
153

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Terry Kirk is a professor of architectural history at the American University of Rome.

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