L’eredità di Monneret de Villard a Milano. Atti del convegno (Milano, 27-29 novembre 2002)


Author: Maria Grazia Sandri (Editor)
Year of printing: 2004
ISBN: 9788878142350


With texts by Cristiana Achille, Alberto Bacchetta, Amedeo Bellini, Luca Bertolini, Raffaella Brumana, Aurora Cagnana, Claudio Capelli, Massimo Capuano, Aldo Castellano, Maria Antonietta Crippa, Lorenzo de Stefani, Stefano Della Torre, Carolina Di Biase, Stefano Di Leone, Agnese Dionisio, Laura Fieni, Laura Fieni, Laura Fieni, Luigi Fregonese, Anna Galli, Maria Adelaide Lala Comneno, Santino Langé, Tiziano Mannoni, Marco Martini, Bruno Messiga, Carlo Montanari, Carlo Monti, Maria Pia Riccardi, Maria Grazia Sandri, Ornella Selvafolta, Gemma Sena Chiesa, Emanuela Sibilia, Elisabetta Susani, Francesca Zannoni, Guido Zucconi.

These acts are at the same time the realization of two dreams, to know better and to make known better the figure of Monneret De Villard, first chair of medieval archeology in Milan, at the Royal Higher Technical Institute in 1913, that is ninety years ago - a dream born in a conversation between Maria Grazia Sandri and Maria Adelaide Lala Comneno, on the sidelines of the 1997 conference 'The Armenians along the Streets of Italy' on the day in Turin, and to know and make known the basilica of San Lorenzo Maggiore in Milan, a dream born from the occasion of scaffolding in the year of the Jubilee, which offered the possibility of tangibly exploring the whole factory, a dream shared by Don Augusto Casolo and Laura Fieni, to whom many others have gradually added, who have authoritatively brought their scientific contribution here.
Between 1912 and 1917 Monneret reported with obstinacy as a passionate investigator of antiquity, but also as a conscious citizen, attentive to changes in progress or foreseeable, the attention of colleagues and intellectuals on the destiny of this factory, heavily involved in the General Urban Plan of Pavia-Masera, which would have seen only between 1939 and above all after the war damage of 1943 both the careful restoration by Gino Chierici, and the dramatic increase of the problems around the Basilica, certainly not finished to date, when Monneret by now far away in Rome he was for the most part a recognized scholar of Coptic and Islamic art in Italy and in the world.
The conference and studies have slowly built up in both sectors, without being able to say that today they are over, but acquiring a wealth of investigations, which, as often happens, are the engines of further research. For Monneret, questions and answers on the architectural culture of Milan in the first thirty years of the twentieth century and its relationship with philosophy, art criticism and historiography, not only in Italy, have opened up, his incomplete catalog has been brought back to attention. of works of Islamic art in Italy, which deserves to find a conclusion.
For San Lorenzo, after the conference, the seasons of the medieval and Renaissance factory are now being identified, which offer the unique opportunity to re-understand the culture of antiquity in Milan in the long history of the factory and its reconstructions, not only from one point from an antiquarian point of view, but precisely as an operative culture of construction and the desire to preserve memory, also through other Milanese monuments. The high level of knowledge of the artefacts must be done today, particularly in the case of one of the most extraordinary buildings of Western culture, such as San Lorenzo, with the highest technological skills; these, integrating both with each other and with the interpretation of the historiographical datum, lead us to place the factory and its face, its complex stratifications in the most reliable chronology, to build the interpretative assumption of the durability of materials and techniques, irreplaceable propaedeuses of its maintenance or restoration.
In entrusting these documents to the press, I thank the administration of the Banca Popolare di Milano, for the generosity shown, the Regional Superintendent for Cultural Heritage and Activities arch. Carla Di Francesco, at the beginning of the research Superintendent for Architectural and Environmental Heritage, for the permits granted with courtesy and scientific availability, together with her office.
I thank Professor Cesare Stevan, then Dean of the first Faculty of Architecture of the Politecnico di Milano, to whom I first exhibited the project by Laura Fieni and mine, for the patience with which he helped us to realize it, prof. Tiziano Mannoni, who was a point of reference and a master in investigating San Lorenzo, and his office; colleagues who wanted to participate both inside and outside the Polytechnic, the Library of Archeology and History of Art in Rome, to which Monneret's brother entrusted his book and manuscript heritage, the students, now architects Luigi Salemi and Davide Di Staso, who with their degree theses have carried out no small research tasks and all those who in the days of the Milanese flood and the closure of the Polytechnic, which coincided with those of the conference, helped me in the obstinate desire to make public the results of the work of many.
Maria Grazia Sandri, December 2003



Proceedings of the conference (Milan, 27-29 November 2002)


  • Introduzione, di Maria Grazia Sandri
  • Monneret de Villard nell’archivio del Politecnico di Milano, di Maria Grazia Sandri
  • Il carteggio e l’archivio di studio di Ugo Monneret de Villard nella Biblioteca di Archeologia e Storia dell’Arte di Roma, di Francesca Zannoni
  • La teoria artistica di Ugo Monneret de Villard: un testamento previo, di Santino Langé
  • La critica d’arte di Monneret de Villard al primo apparire del crocianesimo; un nuovo restauro architettonico?, di Amedeo Bellini
  • Gli ‘scritti rifiutati’. Indagando sui retroscena della formazione al Collegio degli Ingegneri e Architetti di Milano e della damnatio memoriae di certi ‘delicta iuventutis’ di Ugo Monneret de Villard, di Elisabetta Susani
  • Monneret islamista: il Catalogo Opere di arte islamica in Italia, di Maria Adelaide Lala Comneno
  • Monneret de Villard e le basiliche triconche dell’Egitto cristiano, di Maria Antonietta Crippa
  • I Monasteri di Sohag in Egitto, di Massimo Capuano
  • Riflessioni sull’Isola Comacina, di Stefano della Torre
  • La ricerca sui magistri antelami da Monneret de Villard ad oggi, di – Aurora Cagnana
  • Monneret, Sitte e l’arte di costruire la città, di Guido Zucconi
  • Estetica della città e monumenti nella Milano di Monneret, di Carolina Di Biase
  • Monneret de Villard e la ridefinizione dell’area di San Lorenzo, di Agnese Dionisio
  • Monneret de Villard, la ‘genialità ideatrice’ e l’opera del progettista, di Aldo Castellano
  • Ugo Monneret de Villard e gli scritti di architettura moderna, di Ornella Selvafolta
  • Questioni di conservazione sulla Basilica e sull’area di San Lorenzo (1889-1910), di Lorenzo de Stefani
  • Il portale di S. Aquilino nella Basilica di S. Lorenzo, di Gemma Sena Chiesa, Alberto Bacchetta
  • Metodi tradizionali e nuove possibilità nello studio dei monumenti, di Tiziano Mannoni
  • La Basilica di San Lorenzo Maggiore a Milano: analisi stratigrafica e datazione del complesso tardoantico, di Laura Fieni
  • Rilievo e conoscenza di strutture complesse: prime elaborazioni da tecnologie laser-scanning integrate con strumentazione tradizionale e topografica-fotogrammetrica d’avanguardia, di Carlo Monti, Raffaella Brumana, Cristiana Achille, Luigi Fregonese
  • Basilica di San Lorenzo a Milano: Studi sui leganti nelle malte del periodo tardoantico, di Luca Bertolini, Stefano Di Leone, Laura Fieni
  • Archeometria del costruito: datazione con termoluminescenza di murature del complesso laurenziano in Milano, di Anna Galli, Marco Martini, Carlo Montanari, Emanuela Sibilia
  • Indagine archeometrica su di un particolare aggregato delle malte di San Lorenzo Maggiore a Milano, di Maria Pia Riccardi, Bruno Messiga, Laura Fieni
  • La caratterizzazione minero-petrografica dei laterizi di San Lorenzo. Dati preliminari, di Claudio Capelli

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