Neoclassic déjà vu


After visiting all these Yorkshire mansions I felt the need to revisit some neoclassical examples closer to home, that is, Trieste.

While the fate of Palazzo Carciotti seems still up in the air, nice to read on the catalogue of the 1990 exhibition “Neoclassico” that the Ville in Trieste were all buit around the same time in the early 1800. Differently from the Ville Venete, they were built for leisure and so their structure was much simpler, no need of administration quarters, on the city’s hills.

One of my highschool locations, with hindsight, was at the crossroads of beautiful neoclassical examples: in between Villa Sartorio and Palazzo Vivante…neoclassic in Triest is so banal.

Reading today “Soane, Piranesi, Paestum” I noted how the various Earls visiting Rome and Paestum – as well as Goethe – all felt sort of shocked/confused/disappointed when facing the real classic buildings in the south of Italy. They were used to whitewashed columns in Belgravia, Munich or Weimar.

Less illustrius but similar was our feeling, Triestine pupils in gita scolastica a Roma, surprised by the Pantheon which appears to us as “dirty” in comparison to our beautiful Stock Exchange in Triest, whose neoclassic columns were so white…

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