The Danteum is an enlarged and slightly revised edition of Schumacher’s II Danteum di Terragni. (Rome, ). Princeton Architectural Press has produced a. Known only through a small number of drawings and photographs as well as a single model, the Danteum is arguably one of the most. The Danteum is one of the most enigmatic projects by one of the most enigmatic architects of the twentieth century: Giuseppe Terragni.

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One of the architects was Giuseppe Terragni.

All architects design projects which are never built, whether for financial, ideological, or personal reasons. Guiseppe Terrangi, a successful architect, is danreum here because of two buildings which defined his work: The Case de Fascio were to be the embodiment of Fascism in their cities. This was the state — the expression of Il Duce — literally made concrete and imposed on the masses.

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The glass enclosed central atrium was meant as the staging dnateum for mass Fascist rallies. This is an anti-Humanist building, and as such a paragon of the International Style as it was developing between the World Wars. Although publicly decrying Renaissance architecture, Terragni relied heavily on historic precedent when it suited him.


The ground floor plan shows the entrance, cortile, arcade, and vertical circulation almost identical to the Palazzo Farnese.

Terragni became famous in the years leading up to Italy joining in the war, with public and private commissions. The project for the Danteum was conceived as rigidly geometric, based on the square and the golden rectangle, constructed from squares.

As the Divine Comedy includes references to numerology and geometry, the poem could be seen as a written allegory of the physical structure of the afterlife. Terragni, in his turn, took the text and designed a physical model of that written allegory, also using numerology and geometry. Michelangelo aboveand Botticellipainted canonical images.

This panel of the presentation to Mussolini shows the hierarchy of the State and history.

The Danteum / Giuseppe Terragni

The Colosseum as representation of the Roman Empire underpinning of Fascism, the rectilinear insertion into a non-geometric space, the sheer size of the Danteum as a non-humanistic structure, and finally what appears to be the will of the people as expressed in graffiti.

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