in May 1778, a group of scholars sent by Jean Benjamin De Laborde andJean-Claude richard de saint-Non arrived in sicily. it included DominiqueVivante Denon, the architects Jean Louis Desprez and Jean-Augustinrenard, and the landscape painter Claude Louis Châtelet. the aim of theteam was twofold: on the one hand, to portray and describe the mostimpressive urban and natural scenarios, aiming at a commercial profitfor the publishing company; on the other hand, the meticulous study ofantiquity − and in particular of Greek or supposedly Greek architecture −linked to the personal and also educational interests of Denon and the twoyoung architects and supported by strenuous activity in the field that wentbeyond the assignment given by the publishers. this paper focusses onthe three main archaeological sites where Denon came into contact withtemplar architecture, namely segesta, selinunte and agrigento, in orderto assess the work done in the field, its editorial impact and the visualapproach with the territory compared with the current situation. Giventhe modest changes to the sites since then, it was also possible to evaluatethe accuracy and the degree of creative license of the designers comparedto the reality of the places.
|Numero di pagine||30|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2018|