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Title :

Trying to forget : the lost Angevin past of Italy

Author :
BRUZELIUS, Caroline ;
Conference :
International Congress of the History of Art (29th, 1996, Amsterdam); Memory & oblivion : proceedings of the XXIXth International Congress of the History of Art held in Amsterdam, 1-7 September 1996; Dordrecht; Kluwer Academic Publishers ;
Publication year :
1999
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
The religious architecture of Charles of Anjou between 1274 and 1284 was intended as and succeeded in being a representation of a new government in the Kingdom of Sicily, and was deliberately nationalistic. But the nation was France, not Italy, and it was precisely the fact that this architecture could be so clearly identified as representing the oppressive regime of the French that led, quite quickly, to its virtual extinction. By contrast, the eclecticism revealed in the monuments erected by his Norman and Swabian predecessors, as well as the sytematized, neutralized, and historicizing style of his son, Charles II avoided these associations, and has therefore to a much larger degree survived the depredations of man. The precocious colonialism revealed in the architecture of Charles of Anjou met fierce and unrelenting resistance, not only by the local inhabitants, but also, in effect, by historians who have viewed with anxiety and distaste the too intimate associations between the infamous reputation of this ruler and the Frenchness of his buildings. ;
Pagination/Size :
7 ill. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Architecture ; Charles I, roi de Naples et de Sicile, 1227-1285 ; Colonialisme ; France ; Historiographie ; Italie ; Mécénat ; Nationalisme ; Sicile, royaume de ; Sources ; 1200-1300 ; 1274-1284 ; 1900-2000 ;
Descriptors :
Architecture ; Charles I, king of Naples and Sicily, 1227-1285 ; Colonialism ; France ; Historiography ; Italy ; Nationalism ; Patronage ; Sicily, kingdom of ; Sources ; 1200-1300 ; 1274-1284 ; 1900-2000 ;
Document type :
Communication de congrès ;
INIST identifier :
24975643 ;
ISBN :
ISBN 0792342135 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher country :
NETHERLANDS ;