years scholars have explored individual subjects from Piranesi to the present

Years scholars have explored individual subjects from

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years, scholars have explored individual subjects from Piranesi to the present, and have contributed much to our knowledge of major figures and key monuments, but these remain isolated contributions in a largely fragmentary overview. Furthermore, many of these scholars were primarily professional architects who used their historical research to pursue timely political issues that may seem less interesting to us now than their ostensible content. My intention is to strive for a nonpolemical evaluation of cultural traditions within the context of the modern Italian political state, an evaluation that bears upon a reading of the evolution of its architecture. 11
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The Architecture of Modern Italy surveys the period from the late baroque period in the mid-eighteenth century down to the Holy Year 2000. Its linear narrative structure aligns Italy’s modern architectural culture for the first time in a chronological continuum. The timeline is articulated by the rhythms of major political events— such as the changes of governing regimes—that marshal official architecture of monuments, public buildings, and urban planning and set the pace for other building types as well.The starting point of this history will not be justified in terms of contrast against the immediately preceding period; indeed, we set ourselves down in the flow of time more or less arbitrarily. Names and ideas will also flow from one chapter to the next to dismantle the often artificial divisions by style or century. This study is initiated with Piranesi’s exploration of the fertile potential of the interpretation of the past. Later, neoclassical architects developed these ideas in a wide variety of buildings across a peninsula still politically divided and variously inflected in diverse local traditions.The experience of Napoleonic rule in Italy introduced enduring political and architectural models.With the growing political ideal of the Risorgimento , or resurgence of an Italian nation, architecture came to be used in a variety of guises as an agent of unification and helped reshape a series of Italian capital cities: Turin, then Florence, and finally Rome. Upon the former imperial and recent papal capital, the image of the new secular nation was superimposed; its institutional buildings and monuments and the urban evolution they helped to shape describe a culminating moment in Italy of modern progress and traditional values balanced in service of the nation.Alongside traditionalist trends, avant-garde experimentation in Art Nouveau and Futurism found many expressions, if not in permanent built form then in widely influential architectural images. Under the Fascist regime, perhaps the most prolific period of Italian architecture, historicist trends continued while interpretations of northern European modernist design were developed, and their interplay enriches our understanding of both.
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  • Spring '17
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