Cesare Brandi

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Cesare Brandi (Siena, 8 April 1906 – Vignano, 19 January 1988) was an art critic and historian, specialist in conservation-restoration theory.

In 1939 he became the first director of the Istituto Centrale per il Restauro (Central Institute for Restoration, now the Istituto Superiore per la Conservazione ed il Restauro) in Rome.[1]

His main books on art interpretation are Le due vie (1966, Bari), and Teoria generale della critica (1974).[2][3] Le due vie was presented and debated in Rome by Roland Barthes, Giulio Carlo Argan and Emilio Garroni.[2] The philosopher he felt mostly closer to was Heidegger, although their positions didn't coincide;[4] for this, he felt also closer to Derrida, particularly to his theorization of Différance.[4]

In 1963 he published Teoria del Restauro, a landmark theoretical essay on restoration. His theory gave rise to 'trateggio,' a controversial technique for repainting missing or damaged sections of works of art.[5]


  1. ^ "Cesare Brandi". Dictionary of Art Historians. Retrieved 2011-02-11. 
  2. ^ a b Luigi Prestinenza Puglisi, Brandi – Teoria generale della critica
  3. ^ Gian Biagio Conte, Charles Segal The rhetoric of imitation: genre and poetic memory in Virgil and other Latin p.76
  4. ^ a b Critica d'arte e filosofia. Conversazione con Cesare Brandi di Doriano Fasoli per Riflessioni.it - Aprile 2007. In Doriano Fasoli Riflessioni in forma di conversazioni, Interviste a personaggi della cultura italiana e straniera
  5. ^ Burnett, D. Graham, Facing the Unknown, Cabinet Magazine 

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