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Carlo Scarpa. Gipsoteca Canoviana Possagno

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Kurzbeschreibung

In a letter from London, dated 9 November 1815,
Antonio Canova wrote: '. Here I am in London,
dear and best friend, a wonderful city. I have
seen the marbles arriving from Greece. Of the
basreliefs we had some ideas from engravings,
but of the full colossal figures, in which an artist
can display his whole power and science, we
have known nothing. The figures of Phidias
are all real and living flesh, that is to say are
beautiful nature itself.'
With his admiring words for the famous Elgin
Marbles Canova, one of the last great artists embodying
the grandiose heritage of the classical
world, gave at the same time an appropriate description
of his own artistic aims.
It was his half-brother who decided to assemble
most of Canova’s plaster originals and to
place them in a museum he had built in the garden
of his brother’s home in Possagno, a small
village north of Venice, where the artist saw the
light of day on 1 November 1757. This basilicalike
building erected in 1836 now holds the great
majority of Canova’s compositions.
To commemorate the bicentenary of his birth,
the Venetian authorities decided to have an extension
added to the overcrowded basilica, and
they commissioned the Venetian architect Carlo
Scarpa for this delicate task. Scarpa composed
a small, but highly articulated building that is in
a strong contrast to the Neoclassical, monumental
basilica.
The subtly designed sequence of spaces is
unique even among Scarpa’s so many extraordinary
museum interiors as the architect was here
in the rare position to compose the spaces as
well as the placings of the exhibits. The placing
of the sources of natural light which infuses the
plaster surfaces with the softness of real life is in
itself a rare achievement and it took an equally
rare photographer to record such symphonies in
white in all their magic.
The late Stefan Buzas was an architect who
has studied the work of Scarpa for many years.
He was a member of the Faculty of Royal Designers
for Industry of the Royal Society of Arts
in London. Judith Carmel-Arthur took her degree
in architectural history, and subsequently studied
at the Courtauld Institute and Warburg Institute
(University of London). She is a lecturer in design
and architectural history at Kingston University
and the University of Southampton, and is presently
completing her PhD in the history of design.
Richard Bryant is one of the best-known architectural
photographers, working all over the
world. He is the only photographer with an honorary
fellowship of the Royal Institute of British
Architects.

Details

Titel: Carlo Scarpa. Gipsoteca Canoviana Possagno
Weitere Mitwirkende: Richard Bryant, Stefan Buzas, Judith Arthur
Aus der Reihe: Opus
Ausgabe: 2. Auflage

ISBN/EAN: 9783930698226

Seitenzahl: 60
Format: 30 x 28 cm

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