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Readings in Italian Mannerism II



Edited By Liana De Girolami Cheney

This collection celebrates the 450th year anniversary of the publication of Giorgio Vasari’s Vite (The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors and Architects [Florence: Giunti, 1568]), in which, in the prolegomenon, architects were highly praised along with the principles and technology of architecture. To honor this significant event, the selected articles in this book contain some published excerpts, some revised and expanded, some never published. These articles demonstrate the extraordinary influence of the classical tradition in Renaissance and Mannerist architecture and its role in the education of architectural students. In particular, these essays discuss the materials employed and their functions as well as the architect’s role in society. These articles also address the impact of Mannerist architecture and art theory in sixteenth-century European architecture and culture.

List of Illustrations – Acknowledgments – Preface – Liana De Girolami Cheney: Introduction – Vitruvius: The Education of the Architect – Vitruvius: The Fundamental Principles of Architecture – Leon Battista Alberti: The Architecture …, Book 9, Chapters 9–11 – Sebastiano Serlio: The Entire Works on Architecture and Perspective – Giorgio Vasari: To the Artists in Design – Elisabeth B. MacDougall: Michelangelo and the Porta Pia – Sir Nikolaus Pevsner: The Architecture of Mannerism – Deborah H. Cibelli: Giulio Romano: Mannerist Architect and Draftsman – Charles Burroughs: Message, Montage, Mannerism: Varieties of Extraordinary in Serlio’s Extraordinary Book – Liana De Girolami Cheney: Il Corridoio Vasariano: A Resplendent Passage to Medici and Vasari’s Grandeur – Liana De Girolami Cheney: Giorgio Vasari and Mannerist Architecture: A Marriage of Beauty and Function in Urban Spaces – Andrzej Piotrowski: Architectural Mannerism and the Polish-Lithuanian Reformation – Contributors – Index.