Cesare Brandi, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Cesare Brandi

Italian art historian

Date of Birth: 08-Apr-1906

Place of Birth: Siena, Tuscany, Italy

Date of Death: 19-Jan-1988

Profession: art historian

Nationality: Italy

Zodiac Sign: Aries

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About Cesare Brandi

  • Cesare Brandi (Siena, 8 April 1906 – Vignano, 19 January 1988) was an art critic and historian, specialist in conservation-restoration theory. In 1939 he became the first director of the Istituto Centrale per il Restauro (Central Institute for Restoration, now the Istituto Superiore per la Conservazione ed il Restauro) in Rome.His main books on art interpretation are Le due vie (1966, Bari), and Teoria generale della critica (1974).
  • Le due vie was presented and debated in Rome by Roland Barthes, Giulio Carlo Argan and Emilio Garroni.
  • The philosopher he felt mostly closer to was Heidegger, although their positions didn't coincide; for this, he felt also closer to Derrida, particularly to his theorization of DiffĂ©rance.In 1963 he published Teoria del Restauro, a landmark theoretical essay on restoration.
  • His theory gave rise to 'trateggio,' a controversial technique for repainting missing or damaged sections of works of art.His broad practical experience and his phenomenological references ranging from Plato to Kant, passing through Benedetto Croce, Martin Heidegger, Jean-Paul Sartre, Bergson and especially Edmund Husserl and Hegel, culminated in what became known as Theory of Critical Restoration, Whose main work (Theory of Restoration) refers to 1963.
  • His proposals had a great influence in the Italian Restoration Letter of 1972 and, consequently, in the current practice of restoration around the world.

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