A photographic project on Villa Madama in Rome (1520). This project left incomplete at the moment Raphael died, today is the representative office of the presidency of the council of ministers. This project conceived together with Kersten Geers’ atelier at the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture fills a void in the iconography of this spectacular project by Raphael. Un progetto fotografico su Villa Madama a Roma (1520). Questo progetto, la cui costruzione si è interrotta con la morte di Raffaello, oggi è sede di rappresentanza della presidenza del consiglio dei ministri. Questo libro è stato pensato assieme all’atelier di Kersten Geers all’accademia di architetttura di Mendrisio e colma un vuoto nell’ iconografica di questo progetto di Raffaello.
“Investigating the transformative ability of photography, Graziani highlights the altered nature of his subjects. In practice, none of them correspond to the work that appeared to Raphael’s eyes, yet in any case we are dealing with the result of different events and modifications occurring over the course of time. From restorations, renovations, and reconstructions to ex novo realizations based on original plans, these projects indicate the distance between past and present.” —Francesco Zanot
Documents on Raphael is not only a rediscovery project carried out on the five hundredth anniversary of Raphael’s death, but above all an operation of re-visioning. Stefano Graziani’s photographs explore the works of the artist from Urbino—with particular reference to his output as an architect—their transformation over time, and his own process that translated them into images. Graziani puts variation before permanence and reflects on the very concept of the restoration, the archive, conservation, display, and of course the original, that last so dear to the photographic debate, especially considering that Raphael never saw any of his works as we see them today. Graziani’s images, combined with reliable evidence regarding Raphael’s production, refer back to the most iconic classical genres of representation: landscape and still life.
Carlo Scarpa was a virtuoso of light, a master of detail, and a connoisseur of materials. Today he is known as a 20th-century master of architecture. To mark the first centenary of Scarpa’s birth, all his works are presented here for the first time. The 250 illustrations cover all 58 of his structures, including the Castelvecchio Museum (Verona), the Olivetti showroom (Venice), and the Brion Tomb in San Vito d’Altivole (Treviso), as well as his important glass designs. The book includes essays by leading architects and architecture critics, offering an extensive overview of Scarpa’s life as well as interpretations of his architecture. Known as the “Frank Lloyd Wright of Italy,” Scarpa’s decorative style has become a model for architects wishing to revive craft and luscious materials in the contemporary manner.
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