di Cesare Brandi
272 pagine, illustrato i b/nero
Author of the first and still best known “Teoria del restauro”, Cesare Brandi lent intellectual dignity to restoration work, which until that time had been an empirical, artisan-type activity.
Given that the protection and restoration of works of art is a moral obligation for an member of civilised society and so its highest level ust be recognised, restoration then becomes “criticism in action”. It is even more important because it is practised directly on the work of art, whose material integrity must be respected, as that is the only way to protect the artistic values of figurative objects that are inseparably linked to te materials af which they are made.
As it is an activity of criticism, restoration must be conducted in an interdisciplinary context, and ever professional (scientific expert, conservator-restorer, art historian) will play an equal role, albeit with the operational coordination af a specialist in any given work of art – the historian.
The Teoria is an integral part of Brandi’s aesthetic production, which is laid out in the four Dialoghi di Elicona (Carmine, Arcadio, Eliante, Celso), in Segno e immagine, Le due vie, Struttura e architettura, and Teoria generale della critica.
Questo volume è la prima edizione russa della fondamentale opera di Cesare Brandi, primo direttore dell’Istituto Centrale per il Restauro di Roma e tra i primi a sottolineare l’importanza del restauro e della conservazione dei manufatti artistici.