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Selvatico, P(ietro)

Sulla architettura civile e religiosa.

Padova, “con Tipi della Minerva” 1840.

Reference: 14102
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SSmall 8vo. 162pp. Mid nineteenth century cloth. Nineteenth century book label of the Biblioteca Lucini Passalaqua (the private book collection of the aristocratic Lucini Passalacqua family, based in Como and Milan). Title leaf a little frayed at outer margin and some intermittent light spotting elsewhere.

A scarce and thoughtful little volume setting out opinions on the history of architecture held by Pietro Selvatico (1803-1880), an architect and art critic best remembered today for his writings on the art and architecture of the city of Venice. Although Selvatico was later to become a propagandist for the Gothic Revival movement, his opinions had not crystalised by 1840, for much of the latter part of the book, on “Architettura Cristiana”, is devoted to a discussion of church architecture between the late Roman period and the twelfth century, while in the earlier pages the only contemporary building praised is Giuseppe Jappelli’s Caffe Pedrocchi in Padova itself, and the only architect of the recent past who gets an admiring mention is Giacomo Quarenghi, the favourite architect of the Empress Catherine the Great of Russia, who never designed in the Gothic style. Not in BAL Cat.