Historiar la Arquitectura medieval. Intersecciones epistemológicas de la Historia del Arte y la Arqueología de la Arquitectura

This article offers a point of view about the role that the History of Art is currently playing in the study of the Architecture of Late Antiquity and Middle Ages. It is discussed how the Archaeology of Architecture has tried to claim scientific competence over this topic of study partly by simplifying the theoretical foundations of the Art History. This academic field has been somewhat reduced exclusively to the category of an idealist, typological discourse, as if based in old-fashioned assumptions coming from 19th-century academic traditions. The analysis and interpretation of a building as a vertical archaeological site does not provide all the answers about its historical and ideological motivations. The Art History may help to obtain more answers. The absence of the Art Historian in administrative commissions deprives society of an efficient and relevant knowledge. The art historian’s task has been systematically underestimated as that of an epidermic aesthete, even when his compromise with the heritage legacy of our society is incorruptible. Architectural Archaeologists and Architectural Historians share a same topic, but the terms of the relationship among both of them are those of a dispute to obtain quotas of power and intervention. Which horizon are professionals and academics of historical architecture heading for? ​
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