Francesca Baldry

John Temple Leader e il castello di Vincigliata
Un episodio di restauro e di collezionismo nella Firenze dell’Ottocento

1997, cm 21,5 x 30, 274 pp. con 126 figg. f.t. di cui 20 a col. Rilegato.

ISBN: 9788822245007

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The first comprehensive study on this English collector and purchaser (1810-1903) - a versatile and ingenious personality, well-known in his time - reconstructs the story of this figure, analyses his relationship with the environment of Oxford and the cultural society of Florence (then capital of Italy) and relates the fascinating adventure of the 'stylish' restoration of the Medieval castle of Vincigliata on the hills of Fiesole. The reconstruction of the lost art collection that this English patron scenographically arranged within the castle itself, is of fundamental importance as is also the rediscovery of craftsmen and artists working in Vincigliata and subsequently employed in some of the most famous sites dealing with the restoration of monumental Florentine buildings.

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