The extension of the plaster cast collection, or Gipsoteca in Italian, in Possagno inaugurates a season celebrating Carlo Scarpa’s masterpieces. Despite its diminutive size the Gipsoteca is considered one of this Venetian maestro’s best, and best-known, works.
This book, with a wealth of lavish illustrations, retraces the frenzied phases of Scarpa’s work in a treatise depicting his close links to Canova’s house and its setting, while also investigating the framework and the history of its construction. To highlight the architect’s relationship with the Canova casts, this study reconstructs the evolution of the various arrangements of the exhibits, from the foundation of the Neoclassic Gipsoteca to Scarpa’s version in 1957.
The book is illustrated with a collection of sketches and designs by the Venetian architect from his personal archives housed in the MAXXI in Rome and the Centro Carlo Scarpa in Treviso.