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


Marco Ruffilli    Université de Genève, Suisse    


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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.

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

Lingua: it

Submitted: 30 Luglio 2018
Accepted: 23 Agosto 2018
Pubblicato: 13 Dicembre 2018

permalink: http://doi.org/10.30687/VA/2385-2720/2018/27/008

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