Mario Praz was a well-respected Italian-born art critic and scholar of the English language. He then went on to teach English Literature at the University of Rome from , until he retired in Though Mario Praz is perhaps best known for his writings in the English literary field, he has made strong contributions to the concepts, writings and perception of both interior design and interior decoration.
The concepts that were presented in his "The Romantic Agony" have been shaped into his design and art criticism. These works highlight his theories of the interiority of a space, and reveal his concepts to how a person inhabits the interior and how they shape it to make it their own. His ground-breaking work "Studies in seventeenth-century imagery" , first published in and reissued many times since, is one of the first attempts to produce a systematic catalogue and analysis of the early modern allegorical genres of the emblem and the personal device.
Mario Praz has had a profound impact not only on writings about interior design and decoration but also on the history, and the development, of design. The sketches, paintings, and watercolour representations capture the spatial qualities and features of the interiority and decoration of the overall space. The images record accuracy to the shape of the room, from the carpet, to the furniture, pictures, fabrics, wall colour, the hang of curtains and the placement of light.
This work has had a strong contribution to the impact of not only researching the interiority of a space, but provided a new groundwork into recording a history of an interior. Further, Praz has made an influential impact on the way interior design has been studied and documented since the mid twentieth century.
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He helped foster the change in the growth of historical design studies and research. His work, An Illustrated History of Interior Decoration , "merges a traditional art-historical approach with philosophical musings about the role of interior assemblage". He was one of the first designers to note that furnishings were a representation of the individual. I love Camille Paglia, but in the chapters of 'Sexual Personae' that deal with Late Romanticism and Decadence, she doesn't really say anything Praz hadn't, much more throughly, back in View 1 comment.
Ho letto per la prima volta questo libro quando ero un'adolescente e la carne, la morte e il diavolo erano i miei interessi principali e in effetti sono rimasti tali. Che folgorazione, che libro meraviglioso. Jul 28, Madeeha Maqbool rated it it was amazing. Very very interesting and readable study of the macabre roots of Romanticism. One of the greatest literary essays ever, and indispensable to read if one wants to step over the illusions implanted in us by the heritage of the XIXth century.
La continua serie di rimandi fra un testo e l'altro permette infatti di capire chiaramente quali siano i processi di derivazione dell'opera letteraria, fra citazioni, omaggi e aperti plagi. Permette inoltre di percorrere in linea retta il ponte che va dal pre-romanticismo al decadentismo, sempre con particolare occhio sull'erotismo e il tema della femme fatale.
Segue che se non sai il francese risulta di fatto illeggibile. Bene le citazioni quando servono, ma non solo quelle e nemmeno tradotte! Alcuni capitoli leggermente migliori, come ho detto, ma resta il fatto che spesso ho faticato a trovare un capo e una coda al tutto. I suoi anni, per quanto mi riguarda, se li porta addosso tutti. Consigli per gli acquisti se amate il tema della donna fatale: "Idols of Perversity" di Bram Dijkstra. Un bellissimo saggio ma che necessiterebbe di una nuova versione con traduzione dei molteplici brani in francese, magari con un testo a fronte per non tradire l'opera originale.
Senza, la lettura diventa ostica e stancante. Dec 10, Ursula McQ rated it it was amazing.
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One of my all-time favorite books: read it for a fun romp through perversity -- but also as a serious intellectual history of Europe from the industrial era through the great war. Should be reissued. L'argomento mi interessava, ma troppo spesso il prof. Praz si dilungava pedissequamente ed in francese su dettagli infinitesimali, tanto che mi veniva voglia di chiudere il libro.
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Jan 26, Fred rated it it was amazing. The Romantic Agony was an agony, but worth it.
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Oct 04, Job ter Horst rated it it was ok. Literal agony to finish this. Un saggio che si legge d'un fiato come un romanzo.
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