Secondo Palazzo Utveggio, via XX Setembre, Palermo, 1901-1903, Ernesto Basile

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[automatically translated] SECOND BUILDING Utveggio, VIA XX SETTEMBRE, PALERMO 1901-1903, ERNESTO BASILE Preceded by plans for the Cottage Vincenzo Florio and the funerary architecture of the 1899-1900 biennium cycle, the second Utveggio House stands almost in the final balance of its first experimental season modernist "reorganization of the visible" inaugurated in 1897; at the same time it contains in embryo the aesthetic values and methodology that address that characterize his second period of the original modernist maturity extended to just over half a decade. The watercolor face design on Via XX Settembre, prior to the board in pencil on Fabriano paper also contains the elevation of the whole prospectus to five parties (on Syracuse street covers a third level, corresponding, as for the main façade, to as many rooms from the cubic volume) already with the variant relative to the last elevation compositionally and dimensionally conformed to the underlying (although initially planned, in the intermediate solution, still with openings on the sill defined band with imitative coating sordino lowered), is the first among the papers known to be an example of one way of Basile of understanding, in the modernist age, the principle of reverberation of the distribution logic in the rhythm of the prospectus paginated; still Vanoni house in Rome, coeval of the second Utveggio House, reveals, however, some hesitation in applying a current housing theme that declinable party or repeatable already defined with Chapel Lanza di Scalea in its constitutive elements (but in a heightened formalistic characterization and composition in a single score for each statement paginated). The special care in the drafting of the only polychrome panel of this project, set on the central axis of the paper and defined in detail in a diverse succession of stages of representation (but free from dimensioning), is to be related to the insertion of the project this multi-storey building on the list of works presented by Ernesto Basile to its architecture exhibition organized on the occasion of the First International Art exhibition of Modern Decorative 1902 Torino. The drawing shows graphic similarities with some of the works of those projects, including between 1899 and 1902 (Villa Igiea, Villino Florio, second home Utveggio, Nicosia Chapel, Chapel Lanza di Scalea, Guarnaschelli chapel Raccuglia grave, home Lentini, building Vanoni ), of which it is ascertained the presentation to the event in Turin. These particular drawings watercolor (table with elevation, section and plans of Villino Florio; partial elevation of the west front of the Villino Florio, lifted the partial second home Utveggio, perspective view of the chapel Lanza di Scalea and probably also the panoramic view of perspective complex of the Grand Hotel Villa Igiea, published in "the Modern Construction", X, V, maggio1901, pl. XXIV) form a core part of the corpus of drawings by Basile, distinguishing, for the communicative markedly graphic character, dependent on others not particularly numerous examples of watercolor drawings (including those for various competitions for the Palace of Justice and the Parliament Palace in Rome and for some projects of his first period as the home Orioles, ossuary of Calatafimi, National Exhibition of Palermo 1891-92, palace of Prince Deliella, Villa Bordonaro, etc ...). A general geometrical schematism, not performed, inform the architectural arrangement of the prospectus and the figural devices, even in the case of circumscribed adjectives historicist-floral; It evens,
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationCollezioni Basile e Ducrot. Mostra documentaria degli archivi
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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