John Ruskin, dal restauro come distruzione al ripristino filologico

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Abstract

Contrary to what is commonly believed, the influence of John Ruskin's thought on the evolution of the concept of restoration in Italy has been greater than we can imagine. Most of the judgments on the theories of the English scholar refer to his work 'The Seven Lamps of Architecture' of 1849, and particularly to the chapter of the 'Lamp of Memory'. The quotation of his famous maxims is the basis for the evaluation of his complete aversion to any possible form of restoration. The well-known aphorism «restoration is a lie from beginning to end», that is to say the most complete destruction that an architecture can undergo or can it he considered that Ruskin's judgement on restoration is definitively connoted? Has his thought not been modified? The essay aims to investigate the changes in the opinions of the English critic who from the first considerations against any types of restoration, in the 1870s, showed his willingness towards a rigorous philological restoration.
Lingua originaleItalian
pagine (da-a)82-89
Numero di pagine8
RivistaRESTAURO ARCHEOLOGICO
Volume27
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2019

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