A book about interiors requires a degree of what one may call ocular humility from the reader who leafs through its pages. Despite what most modern interior decorators may believe, and despite the inborn notions of the exegetes of “pure style”, that it to say, those who study old interiors as if they were artworks to be admired on the far side of a velvet rope, ……..
The title of this volume specifies even more clearly the approach that the creator of these images intended to give to this selection. To live in a historical context has a subtle weight for the inhabitants of the Italian pennsula, a weight that may be sincere, occasionally deceptive or even – to use the term in a positive sense – shamelessly obscurantist. Observations of Italian interiors have an ideal beginning and end in tow not particularly well known texts. The first and comlete report on Italian furnishings and room in the Traicte de la decoration interieure, by the Swedish architect Nicodemus Tessin the Younger in 1717, while at the other end of the scale ….