Venezia Arti
27 | 2018 | Discovering the Art of Medieval Caucasus (1801-1945)

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27 | 2018 | Discovering the Art of Medieval Caucasus (1801-1945)

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Venezia Arti | 27 | 2018 | Discovering the Art of Medieval Caucasus (1801-1945)

Una fortunata metafora di Cesare Brandi: le «chiese di cristallo» degli Armeni

Marco Ruffilli
Università di Ginevra
Marco.Ruffilli@etu.unige.ch

DOI 10.30687/VA/2385-2720/2018/27/008

Submitted 30 Jul 2018
Accepted 23 Aug 2018

Abstract

The expression ‘chiese di cristallo’ (crystal churches) appeared in the title of an article written by Cesare Brandi in 1968 for the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, which reviewed a photo exhibition on Armenian architecture. This definition for Armenian churches met some success in critical studies and it is often used in non-academic literature. The aim of this brief essay is to explain Brandi’s metaphor of crystal in light of earlier theoretical considerations – such as the ones of Alois Riegl and Wilhelm Worringer – and in relation to additional examples of this expression found in Italian art critics of the first half the 20th century.

Keywords
Cesare Brandi. Architettura armena. Metafora del cristallo. Alois Riegl. Wilhelm Worringer.

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Ruffilli Marco

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Una fortunata metafora di Cesare Brandi: le «chiese di cristallo» degli Armeni

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Journal Article

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it

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http://doi.org/10.14277/VA/2385-2720/2018/27/008

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The expression ‘chiese di cristallo’ (crystal churches) appeared in the title of an article written by Cesare Brandi in 1968 for the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, which reviewed a photo exhibition on Armenian architecture. This definition for Armenian churches met some success in critical studies and it is often used in non-academic literature. The aim of this brief essay is to explain Brandi’s metaphor of crystal in light of earlier theoretical considerations – such as the ones of Alois Riegl and Wilhelm Worringer – and in relation to additional examples of this expression found in Italian art critics of the first half the 20th century.

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Venezia Arti

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Vol. 27 | Num. 1 | Dicembre 2018

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Edizioni Ca’ Foscari - Digital Publishing

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2018-12-13

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2018-07-30

dc.dateSubmitted

2018-08-23

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0394-4298

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2385-2720

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Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution alone

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http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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Cesare Brandi

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Architettura armena

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Metafora del cristallo

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Alois Riegl

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Wilhelm Worringer

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