Aspetti costruttivi dell'architettura barocca fra spolia e finzione scenografica: il caso del Ponte Ruinante di palazzo Barberini
In: Quaderni dell'Istituto di Storia dell'Architettura: 73-74, 2021
Constructive issues of Baroque architecture between
and scenographic fiction: the case of the
of Palazzo Barberini, Rome
The object of study for the Thesis of Scuola di Specializzazione, the particular case of the Ponte Ruinante represented a particularly representative subject for many questions concerning the conservation of Baroque Architecture. Aspects such as the theatrical fiction, the simulation of noble materials, here together with reflections on the Antiquity and on the aesthetic value of the Ruins, have represented an interesting test-bed for the application within the basic concepts of the “critical-conservative restoring”. Starting from some initial considerations on the “conceptual value” of architectural materials, which in Palazzo Barberini represents the dominant theme applied on a large scale, this short essay deals with the architectural and constructive analysis (based on archival documents) of the Ponte Ruinante, in order to arrive at the historical understanding of the artifact in question, and outline the guiding ideas for its preservation project, respectful of the multiple cultural values inherent in it.