The Mausoleum of Giuseppe Tonietti on the Elba Island. From a masterpiece of Adolofo Coppedè to a compromising state of decay.

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Angela Mancuso
Andrea Pasquali
Giorgio Verdiani

Abstract

The study shows the results of the digital and photographic surveys operated on an architectural work of great importance: it is the Mausoleum for Tonietti family, by Adolfo Coppedè, built on the Elba Island in Tuscany-Italy at the beginning of the 20th century. The current alarming conditions of the building invite to make some reflections on the unpleasant but common fate of many architectures of the Liberty and Eclectic period in Italy. With the evolution of rationalism of the architectural form and thus the gradual purifying of decorative plastic organisms from architectural objects, architectural research, and with it the observation and conservation of cultural heritage, has increasingly focused on new rational style, omitting many examples in floral style equally deserving of attention. The alarming state of preservation of Tonietti Mausoleum, combined with the total absence of projects by local authorities, set the conditions for the dissolution of the work and the consequent loss of the cultural and territorial connotation that it creates. The processing of the surveys and the gathering of documentation wants to create the basis for the comparison of work conditions in its original state and the current form, fixing the actual conditions of decay. There is the hope that this work can create a conservative practical input that restores the integrity of the cultural property designed by the youngest of Coppedè brothers, giving to it a proper and necessary value in the study of the history of architecture and the development of the evolutionary dialogue necessarily connected to the same historical evolution.

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Mancuso, A., Pasquali, A., & Verdiani, G. (2017). The Mausoleum of Giuseppe Tonietti on the Elba Island. From a masterpiece of Adolofo Coppedè to a compromising state of decay. Studies in Digital Heritage, 1(2), 719-734. https://doi.org/10.14434/sdh.v1i2.23247
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Special Issue "Cultural Heritage and New Technologies 2016"
Author Biographies

Angela Mancuso, Università degli Studi di Firenze – Dipartimento di Architettura – Scuola di Specializzazione in beni architettonici e del paesaggio, Italy

Architect and Specialization Student by the Post Graduate School in Architectonic and Landscape Heritage. Principal Interests: 3D survey, photogrammetry, architectonic and archaeological heritage conservation.

Andrea Pasquali, Università degli Studi di Firenze – Dipartimento di Architettura, Italy

Architect and Tutor of Informatic Laboratory of Architecture Departement at the University of Florence. Principal interest: 3D survey, photogrammetry, 3D modeling and reconstruction, photography, Architecture and reserch.

Giorgio Verdiani, Università degli Studi di Firenze – Dipartimento di Architettura, Italy

Giorgio Verdiani, (Carrara, 1968), Researcher at the Dipartimento di Architettura since 2006. Starting from  2000 he had classes at the Università degli studi di Firenze and for other institution. From 2006 he is active in various international conferences about Cultural Heritage and Digital Media. From January 2011 He is director of the Architecture Informatic Lab and from 2013 he is the coordiantor of the DIDALABS system of the Dipartimento di Architettura.