Cesare Brandi e Gianfranco Contini. Un'intesa (critica) fra estetica e filologia con esiti sul restauro
In: Quaderni dell'Istituto di Storia dell'Architettura, 2020
Cesare Brandi and Gianfranco Contini. A (critical) understanding between aesthetics and philology with outcomes on restoration
In the context of a post-Crocian philosophical exploration, which unites in the dynamic consideration of the artistic process, Cesare Brandi, with the formulation of the ‘phenomenology of artistic creation’, and Gianfranco Contini, with the ‘critique of variants’, the ‘critical-philosopher’ and the ‘critical-philologist’ seem to conform precisely in the path of ‘auscultation’ of the text (figurative or literary); a careful and scrupulous operation from which the presentation, or critical edition of the same text, derives: ecdotics or, in the case of figurative art, restoration work proper, with the obvious differences in execution, determined by direct contact with the textual materiality, but initiated by the same assumptions.
The recognition of this common path by Brandi and Contini makes it possible to place the current relationship between the interpretation and the ‘presentation’ of the text, understood today in the broadest sense of the term, in the light of the most current cultural positions and to verify the results on restoration.