Terragni's Danteum

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In 1938, Mussolini's Fascist government commissioned the team of Giuseppe Terragni and Pietro Lingeri to design the Danteum, a "temple to the greatest of Italian poets." In this acclaimed book, Thomas Shumacher traces Terragni's fanatical, often mystical, pursuit of the poet and explains how this unbuilt project succeeds as an architectural translation of the Divine Comedy -- one that mirrors the poem in structure, theme, and rhythm. Original sketches and renderings complement ...
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Overview

In 1938, Mussolini's Fascist government commissioned the team of Giuseppe Terragni and Pietro Lingeri to design the Danteum, a "temple to the greatest of Italian poets." In this acclaimed book, Thomas Shumacher traces Terragni's fanatical, often mystical, pursuit of the poet and explains how this unbuilt project succeeds as an architectural translation of the Divine Comedy -- one that mirrors the poem in structure, theme, and rhythm. Original sketches and renderings complement Schumacher's analysis and provide a complete record of the Danteum.

"The Danteum [is a] beautifully presented book [that] invites us to study the Danteum in its entirety....The book demonstrates that architecture can transcend the realm of the physical; Schumacher's Danteum brings together different moments of history into one timeless and universal whole." -Progressive Architecture
"The most penetrating study of Terragni's architecture to appear in English to date....The fact that the Danteum was conceived as both a monument to the Divine Comedy and a transformation of a literary work into architectural form makes it a particularly appropriate vehicle for investigating structural parallels in different media...and excellent presentation of a provocative project." JSAH

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Elegant presentation, appealing illustrations. Progressive Architecture
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781878271822
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 755,216
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas L. Schumacher is an architect and professor of architecture at the University of Maryland.
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Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition 17
Preface to the First English Edition 19
Introduction 21
Ch. I The Danteum Project 31
Ch. II Terragni and His Sources: Ancient and Modern 61
Ch. III The Danteum Design: Process and Precedents 89
Ch. IV Terragni and Dante: Materiality and Transcendence 107
Ch. V The Relazione sul Danteum 127
Documents 153
Bibliography 161
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