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Selvatico, Marchese Pietro

    Full Name: Selvatico, Marchese Pietro

    Other Names:

    • Pietro Selvatico Estense

    Gender: male

    Date Born: 1803

    Date Died: 1880

    Place Born: Padua, Veneto, Italy

    Place Died: Padua, Veneto, Italy

    Home Country/ies: Italy

    Subject Area(s): Gothic (Medieval) and Italian (culture or style)

    Career(s): art historians


    One of the most important writers in mid-19th-century Italy on Gothic art and architecture. His first published research described the history of Paduan architecture. He challenged the contemporary views on aesthetics that were based on the ideas of the Classicists. In his later work, Selvatico studied the art and architecture of Venice particularly its eastern and western influences. He eventually became the Director of the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice from 1850-57. Selvatico’s spent the latter part of his life trying to reform teaching methods in the Italian academy. Selvatico’s writings show the influence of the spiritual and Romantic art writer Alexis-François Rio.


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    "Selvatico, Marchese Pietro." Dictionary of Art Historians (website).

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