The volume offers an insight into Genoa of the late medieval and modern age, seen through the words of those who built it and with the eyes of those who, today, study its material evidence. Words and objects, documents and buildings are therefore systematically compared, along a path that, starting from construction materials, arrives at the finished work, first broken down into its parts and finally read as an intelligent result of the work of clients, 'magistri' and workers.
The examination of the 'Genoese case', exemplary both for the richness of its archive sources and for the large number of ancient houses still preserved, thus constitutes a pretext for proposing a key to reading and re-evaluating the built of the past, the whose 'widespread quality' has often escaped the attention of the various histories of architecture.
Profile of the author
Anna Boato, architect and PhD in Conservation of Architectural Heritage, is a researcher in Restoration at the Faculty of Architecture of Genoa. Since 1990 he has published numerous contributions on the themes of the historical-archaeological knowledge of ancient buildings and the reading and interpretation of written and material texts, in specialized journals, national and international conference proceedings and collective volumes.