The aim of this essay is to try to throw some light on the nature of the relations about Vico, Lodoli and Piranesi and to reconstruct a possible genealogy, through the similarities of their thought, and, above all, of their precocious historicism. By this, I mean the awareness that history is not univocal and homogeneous, and that neither humanity nor architecture have one single origin (Greece does not, therefore, represent the only source of human civilization). This awareness leads to the desire to reconstruct the story of humankind in all its complexity, focusing in particular upon its origins and using the tool that Vico termed philological science. It also implies the refusal to consider architecture as a merely imitative art and the consequent demolition of the myth of the primitive hut as the natural origin of the art of building. the paper shows that these ideas are shared, albeit in widely differing forms and fields, by the philosopher as well as by the teacher-friar and the architect. Other fundamentally different aspects of their thought are frequently neglected (such as the idea of architecture as a science which is a fundamental postulate of Lodolian thought but far-removed from both Piranesi and Vico). The essay begins with a brief look at proven or supposed relations among these three intellectuals followed by a concise analysis of various interesting aspects of Vico and Lodoli’s thought. This prepare to an analysis of Piranesi’s main polemical works in light of this genealogy.

Architecture and History. Vico Lodoli, Piranesi

CONSOLI, Gian Paolo
2006

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The aim of this essay is to try to throw some light on the nature of the relations about Vico, Lodoli and Piranesi and to reconstruct a possible genealogy, through the similarities of their thought, and, above all, of their precocious historicism. By this, I mean the awareness that history is not univocal and homogeneous, and that neither humanity nor architecture have one single origin (Greece does not, therefore, represent the only source of human civilization). This awareness leads to the desire to reconstruct the story of humankind in all its complexity, focusing in particular upon its origins and using the tool that Vico termed philological science. It also implies the refusal to consider architecture as a merely imitative art and the consequent demolition of the myth of the primitive hut as the natural origin of the art of building. the paper shows that these ideas are shared, albeit in widely differing forms and fields, by the philosopher as well as by the teacher-friar and the architect. Other fundamentally different aspects of their thought are frequently neglected (such as the idea of architecture as a science which is a fundamental postulate of Lodolian thought but far-removed from both Piranesi and Vico). The essay begins with a brief look at proven or supposed relations among these three intellectuals followed by a concise analysis of various interesting aspects of Vico and Lodoli’s thought. This prepare to an analysis of Piranesi’s main polemical works in light of this genealogy.
The Serpent and the Stylus. Essays on G.B. Piranesi
978-0-472-11584-6
Michigan University Press
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