Viollet-le-Duc’s journey in Italy is marked not only by the maturation ofhis critical principles – that lead him to abandon his studies on ancienttimes and the Renaissance in favour of a problematic reflection on theMiddle Ages – but also by the encounter with important interlocutors,who were crucial for his education. Among these, Domenico Lo FasoPietrasanta, Duke of Serradifalco, whom he met in Sicily, probablyrepresents the intellectual voice closest to Viollet’s revision process ofarchitecture. The duke was transforming the approach to the study oflocal culture, definitively overcoming the tendency to encyclopaedism,adopting philological criteria and methodologies of research whichwere very close to the positivist historiography approach. When Violletarrived in Palermo, Serradifalco was developing a process of revisionof medieval Sicilian architecture, with the purpose of finding a “newarchitecture” for the future. Viollet-le-Duc became involved in thisprocess. The essay underlines the similarities between the experienceof Serradifalco and the contemporary activity of Viollet-le-Duc afterhis stay in Sicily. Apart from differences due to their cultural andpolitical background, they both identified the basis to create a newarchitectural language in medieval architecture.
|Number of pages||30|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|