(Re)invoking humanism in modernity: Architecture and spectacle in Fascist Italy1

Nicholas Temple, Eleni Tracada

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Abstract

The influence of Fascism on intellectual, artistic and architectural developments in interwar Italy has been the subject of intense debate. This has given rise to contested views about the combined impact of modernism and historical precedents on Fascist ideology, the arguments often clouded by disputes concerning the patrimony of art in Italy and whether Fascism should cultivate its own distinctive aesthetic. 2 However, many of the leading voices of Italian cultural life during the Fascist regime refused to discriminate between different aesthetic choices, believing that “Italian cultural traditions precluded aesthetic regulation.” 3 The debate becomes most revealing when considered in the context of the origins of Fascism. The eminent Italian philosopher and historian Benedetto Croce believed, for example, that Fascism could be traced back almost exclusively to the futurist movement, both in its artistic aspirations and in political activism … in the resolution to go down to the piazza, to impose one’s own feelings, to shut the mouths of those who are dissenting, to be unafraid of commotions and riots; in the eagerness of the new, in the desire to break every tradition, in the exaltation of youth, which was proper to futurism.” 4
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook on the Reception of Classical Architecture
EditorsNicholas Temple, Andrzej Piotrowski, Juan Manuel Herdia
Place of PublicationAbingdon & New York
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter24
Pages373-393
Number of pages21
Edition1
ISBN (Electronic)9781315171104
ISBN (Print)1138047112, 9781138047112
Publication statusPublished - 20 Nov 2019

Publication series

NameRoutledge Handbooks
PublisherRoutledge

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Modernity
Fascism
Humanism
Spectacle
Aesthetics
Italy
Benedetto Croce
Dispute
Futurism
Patrimony
Historian
Exaltation
Art
Futurist Movement
Political Activism
Philosopher
Ideology
Cultural Tradition
Piazza
Fascist Regime

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Temple, N., & Tracada, E. (2019). (Re)invoking humanism in modernity: Architecture and spectacle in Fascist Italy1. In N. Temple, A. Piotrowski, & J. M. Herdia (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook on the Reception of Classical Architecture (1 ed., pp. 373-393). (Routledge Handbooks). Abingdon & New York: Routledge.
Temple, Nicholas ; Tracada, Eleni. / (Re)invoking humanism in modernity : Architecture and spectacle in Fascist Italy1. The Routledge Handbook on the Reception of Classical Architecture. editor / Nicholas Temple ; Andrzej Piotrowski ; Juan Manuel Herdia. 1. ed. Abingdon & New York : Routledge, 2019. pp. 373-393 (Routledge Handbooks).
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Temple, N & Tracada, E 2019, (Re)invoking humanism in modernity: Architecture and spectacle in Fascist Italy1. in N Temple, A Piotrowski & JM Herdia (eds), The Routledge Handbook on the Reception of Classical Architecture. 1 edn, Routledge Handbooks, Routledge, Abingdon & New York, pp. 373-393.

(Re)invoking humanism in modernity : Architecture and spectacle in Fascist Italy1. / Temple, Nicholas; Tracada, Eleni.

The Routledge Handbook on the Reception of Classical Architecture. ed. / Nicholas Temple; Andrzej Piotrowski; Juan Manuel Herdia. 1. ed. Abingdon & New York : Routledge, 2019. p. 373-393 (Routledge Handbooks).

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