Le Voyage d'Italie (1836-1837) of Viollet-le-Duc as a basic experience in his training as architect

Simonetta Valtieri
2017 ArcHistoR Architettura Storia Restauro - Architecture History Restoration  
The essay analyses the influence of Viollet-le-Duc's travels to Italy in his early training. From an analysis of his letters from Italy, and drawings prepared during the trip, many aspects of his personality come to light: interest in Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance architecture; admiration for both the wild and sublime landscape of Mount Etna and the picturesque aspect of little villages in Central Italy. He appreciates the variety of Italian art which harmoniously gathers together languages
more » ... together languages from different ages. Hence, the trip was an important experience for his future as an architect, not only for the appreciation of different styles, building materials and constructive techniques of Italian historical buildings – which were to be a significant background in his upcoming career as a restorer – but also for the reason that, from this phase of early training, a fundamental aspect of his activities as architect and theorist was to be defined: the experience of the past as a source of knowledge for the future.
doi:10.14633/ahr041 doaj:35a5ffdd883243698b34d70dd23b3d0f fatcat:5tmxlthsondnxh4r7zrehrg5iy