Brandi's Teoria del Restauro on architecture: prelude & fugue

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In his Teoria del Restauro (Theory of Conservation), Cesare Brandi promoted the unity of methodology for all types of art work, including architecture. Rather than revisiting Brandi’s writings, this paper discusses the precedents concerning architectural conservation, in particular the English influence from John Ruskin and SPAB via Giacomo Boni, the first to practice critical conservation, as we understand it today. Brandi had direct access to Boni’s projects, including diaries, correspondence and drawings, left at the Directorate of Antiquities and Fine Arts in Rome after his death. All the topics contained in Brandi’s theory were already present in Boni’s work and writings, which were very much influenced by his education and training in Venice, Ruskin’s mentorship, and his cultural and technical exchanges with SPAB. Brandi’s theory influence in praxis will also be discussed, with a focus in Italy and UK, arriving to some conclusions concerning the educational and cultural needs to advance architectural conservation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCesare Brandi e le Frontiere del Restauro
Subtitle of host publicationTeoria e Prassi
Place of PublicationRome
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2023
EventCesare Brandi and the Frontiers of Restoration. Theory and practice - National Library, Rome, Italy
Duration: 29 Nov 20231 Dec 2023


ConferenceCesare Brandi and the Frontiers of Restoration. Theory and practice
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  • architectural conservation
  • architecture
  • Brandi
  • Boni
  • SPAB


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