La notion d'authenticité dans son contexte et sa perspective

Barthélemy, Jean (1994) La notion d'authenticité dans son contexte et sa perspective. ICOMOS Scientific Journal, 3 . pp. 56-62. ISSN (ISBN) 955-613-054-3 [Article]

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Jean Barthélémy in "La notion d'authenticité dans son contexte et sa perspective" ("The notion of authenticity in its context and perspective") makes the point that authenticity demands the preservation of the message in its original state. This is clearly impossible since time alone, not to mention the human hand, will diminish the integrity of the work. So the author examines the merits of relative authenticity and stresses that, to evaluate the heritage, we are not in the exclusive field of the historian but in a much larger field which must take into account the aesthetic, cultural and social aspects of the work under consideration. Thus the criterion of authenticity can only make sense today if taken strictly in its historical and cultural context. The author comments on the gap which has developed between restoration practice and new architecture, remarking that to achieve real aesthetic quality invention will always be indispensable. He gives as an example Charles Vandenhove's inspired restoration of the Hôtel Torrentius at Liège. In the end it is a matter of weighing up all the factors and exercising judgement.

Item Type: Article
Barthélemy, Jean
Languages: French
Keywords: authenticity; philosophy of conservation; history of conservation; Venice Charter; criteria
Subjects: A. THEORETICAL AND GENERAL ASPECTS > 07. History of conservation
A. THEORETICAL AND GENERAL ASPECTS > 09. Philosophy of conservation
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 02. Theory and doctrinal texts
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Hôtel Torrentius, Liège, Belgium
National Committee: ICOMOS International
ICOMOS Special Collection: ICOMOS Scientific Journal (1993-1999)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 3
Volume: 3
ISSN: (ISBN) 955-613-054-3
Depositing User: ICOMOS DocCentre
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2023 14:19
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2023 16:01

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