Le arti decorative della Sicilia occidentale nei diari dei viaggiatori inglesi tra XVIII e XIX secolo

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Abstract

The essay examines the main citations of decorative works of art found in the journalsof British travelers of the Grand Tour between XVIII and XIX century. In the contextof these works, the attention devoted to the decorative arts is much less than thatdevoted to archeology, painting or sculpture, both because the culture of the time didnot consider them yet at the level of the so-called major arts, and because the authorsoften have little competence in the field of the artistic context. The antiquarian authorsof travel reports, then, are clearly more interested in classical art than in that of lateror contemporary times. Therefore the citations of the works of decorative art in thediaries of the Grand Tour are few in number and the collection of the main ones isthe result of a targeted research within a vast literature, which is often attentive toaspects that have very little to do with these particular typologies. It is precisely theliterary dimension that makes the diaries so fascinating, together with their intrinsic,undeniable historical value. The prose of the travelers, their style, which is influencedfrom time to time by their education, their profession and their cultural heritage, offersthe reader a narrative space in which uses, customs, works of art, monuments, theentire social and cultural panorama of the period coexist. The end result is a series ofdescriptions sometimes synthetic and stringent, sometimes vivid and even lyrical, butfull of suggestiveness and poetry.
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)209-227
Number of pages19
JournalANNALI DI CRITICA D'ARTE
Volume1/2017
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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