Illustrazione dell’ Arco della Pace in Milano.
Milano, the author 1838.
Large oblong folio. (4)ff, 28 litho plates. Quarter morocco, contemporary marbled boards.
The Arco della Pace in Milan, now known as the Arco del Sempione, was originally designed by the able Milanese architect Luigi Cagnola (1762-1833) as a temporary structure for the wedding ceremonies of the Emperor Napoleon I’s brother-in-law, but Cagnola’s distinguished design, based on the arch of Septimius Severus in Rome, so impressed contemporaries that Napoleon ordered it to be built as a permanent structure in stone. Work on it stopped at the end of 1813, but began again after 1815 and the arch was eventually completed in 1838, being today the most conspicuous architectural memorial of Napoleon’s rule of Northern Italy. The present publication is based on a set of measured drawings of the arch and of its sculptural decoration made by an architect of a different generation, Giovanni Voghera (1796-1872), a younger brother of the well-known Cremona architect Luigi Voghera (see item ). These record the arch in its finished form, and provide a general perspective view, measured elevations, sections and ground plans of the arch, and clear linear illustrations of the sculptures. Voghera’s introductory text gives some useful factual information, as well as listing the various architects and sculptors involved (the most prominent of the sculptors was Pietro Marchesi). The book was published by him as a personal venture and he prints a list of some three hundred subscribers. Not in BAL Cat.