Tre cattedrali inglesi: rinnovamenti e restauri, XIV-XVIII secolo
In: Quaderni dell'Istituto di Storia dell'Architettura: n.s. 2019, 2020
Three English cathedrals: renovation and restoration from 14th to 18th century
In the framework of the transformations undertaken between the 14th and 18th centuries on ancient English cathedrals, the essay examines three exemplary cases (Canterbury, Winchester and Ely). Integrations and renovations, motivated by functional, political and religious needs, but also by the requirement for structural interventions following the dilapidation and tampering suffered by the buildings, were carried out according to the variable aesthetic feeling of the time or with attention to the forms of the past, but always in creative and innovative way, as in Ely, about 1770. Only a few years later, as early as the beginning of the following century, purely stylistic evaluations will determine the choices of the “restorers”.