Modern architecture and the actualisation of history: Bruno Zevi and Michelangiolo Architetto

Leach, Andrew (2008). Modern architecture and the actualisation of history: Bruno Zevi and Michelangiolo Architetto. In: David Beynon and Ursula de Jong, History in Practice. 25th International Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand, Geelong, Victoria, Australia, (1-19). 3-6 July 2008.

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Author Leach, Andrew
Title of paper Modern architecture and the actualisation of history: Bruno Zevi and Michelangiolo Architetto
Conference name 25th International Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand
Conference location Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Conference dates 3-6 July 2008
Convener Ursula de Jong, David Beynon, Mirjana Lozanovska
Proceedings title History in Practice
Place of Publication Geelong, Vic., Australia
Publisher SAHANZ
Publication Year 2008
Year available 2008
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 9780958192545
Editor David Beynon
Ursula de Jong
Start page 1
End page 19
Total pages 19
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
In 1964, Paolo Portoghesi and Bruno Zevi curated the exhibition “Michelangiolo architetto” in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the death of Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564). It was accompanied by a book in which Zevi outlined a programme for understanding how Michelangelo could be an intellectual and professional model for contemporary architects negotiating the post-war inheritance of modernist functionalism. This paper considers Zevi’s argument in detail as one instance in the longer history of the reception of historical knowledge within architectural culture and its instrumental arms during the 1960s. By what process did Zevi make Michelangelo’s oeuvre available to modern architecture, and to what ends? The paper suggests that the answer to these questions can inform a study of the long-baroque, which for Zevi and his contemporaries entertained a lineage from Michelangelo to Piranesi. By focussing on this specific case in discourse with questions concerning the framing of this study on Michelangelo and his twentieth century historiography, the paper prefaces a study of the more substantial instrumentalisation of baroque architectural history that follows in the 1960s and 1970s. The paper argues that Zevi developed the terms of his history of this later development in his treatment of Michelangelo. With this wider historiographical context in mind, Zevi’s presentation of Michelangelo, as recalled here, sheds light on the limitations of critico-historical categories as well as on the projective capacity of historical “lessons”. Considering the agenda of Michelangiolo architetto, the paper positions this example within the intellectual history of twentieth century architectural culture.
Subjects 310105 History of the Built Environment
430108 History - European
440105 History of Philosophy and History of Ideas
E1
120103 Architectural History and Theory
Keyword Bruno Zevi
Michelangelo Buonarroti
Mannerism
Operative criticism
Michelangiolo Architetto (1964)
Paolo Portoghesi
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

 
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