Giulio Carlo Argan (17 May 1909 – 12 November 1992) was an Italian art historian, critic and politician.

Giulio Carlo Argan
Member of the Senate of the Republic
In office
12 July 1983 – 22 April 1992
ConstituencyRome (1983–87)
Tivoli (1987–92)
Mayor of Rome
In office
9 August 1976 – 25 September 1979
Preceded byClelio Darida
Succeeded byLuigi Petroselli
Personal details
Born(1909-05-17)17 May 1909
Turin, Italy
Died12 November 1992(1992-11-12) (aged 83)
Rome, Italy
Political partyIndependent Left
Other political
National Fascist Party
Anna Maria Mazzucchelli
(m. 1939)
Alma materUniversity of Turin
ProfessionArt critic, teacher

Biography Edit

Argan was born in Turin and studied in the University of Turin, graduating in 1931. In 1928 he entered the National Fascist Party. In the 1930 he worked for the National Antiquity and Arts Directorate, first in Turin and then in Modena and Rome, where he collaborated to the creation of the Istituto Superiore per la Conservazione ed il Restauro and directed the magazine Le Arti. His career was boosted by the friendship of the Fascist leader Cesare Maria De Vecchi, then national Minister of Education.[citation needed]

In 1938 he published a manual of art for high schools, while in the 1940s he collaborated to the magazine Primato, founded and directed by Giuseppe Bottai, another Fascist gerarca. After World War II, he taught in universities Palermo and, from 1959, in Rome. Argan co-founded the publishing house Il Saggiatore and he was a member of the Superior Council of Antiquities and Fine Arts (predecessor of the Ministry of Culture), in which he remained until 1974. In 1968 he published his most famous work, Storia dell'Arte Italiana (History of Italian Art). In 1973 he founded the Rome ISIA, Italy's oldest institution in the field of industrial design.[citation needed]

He was the first Communist mayor of Rome, between 1976 and 1979. He was elected a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1992.[1] He died in Rome.

Selected works Edit

  • Fra Angelico: Biographical and Critical Study, The Taste of Our Time Vol. 10 (1955) Editions d'Art Albert Skira, Geneva, 127 pp.
  • Studi e note (1955)
  • Botticelli: Biographical and Critical Study, The Taste of Our Time Vol. 19 (1957) Editions d'Art Albert Skira, Geneva, 147 pp.
  • Salvezza e caduta nell’arte moderna (1964)
  • Europe of the Capitals 1600-1700., Art, Ideas, History (1964) Editions d'Art Albert Skira, Geneva, 236 pp.
  • Progetto e destino (1965)
  • Storia dell'arte italiana (1968)
  • Storia dell’arte come storia della città (1983)
  • Da Hogarth a Picasso (1983)
  • Forma Naturae (Archetipi & C.) for Antonio Papasso (1983)
  • Classico Anticlassico (1984)
  • Immagine e persuasione (1986)
  • Progetto e oggetto (2003)

References Edit

  1. ^ "Book of Members, 1780-2010: Chapter A" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 22 April 2011.

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