Carlo Scarpa and Castelvecchio Revisited by Richard Murphy
The evolution of the Cangrande pedestal and associated viewing platform had a long and fascinating gestation. Scarpa’s eventual solution of a freestanding concrete pedestal (in characteristic expressive gesture of a hand offering the statue out for inspection) is circumnavigated by a private route down a staircase that appears to be embedded in the material of the gallery cross-wall and then emerges as a cantilevered steel viewing platform. This route which Scarpa invites visitors to take reveals the changing nature of the statue, and in particular the relationship between horse and rider as well as places the statue against a whole variety of backgrounds. The asymmetrical composition of pedestal and platform, concrete and steel cantilevers, is seen particularly well when framed by the reopened Porta del Morbio.
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