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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.

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The excerpts from original publications included as essays in this book were made possible thanks to the publishers’ permissions.

Vitruvius, “The Education of the Architect,” in Vitruvius: The Ten Books on Architecture, translated by Morris Hicky Morgan (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1914), 5–13. Reprinted in

Vitruvius, “Fundamentals of Architecture,” in Vitruvius: The Ten Books on Architecture, translated by Morris Hicky Morgan (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1914), 13–16. Reprinted in

Leon Battista Alberti, The Architecture of Leon Batista Alberti in Ten Books, translated from the Italian by Cosimo Bartoli. English introduction by James Leoni, architect, printed by Edward Owen (London: Hand-Court, Holborn, 1755), Book 9, Chapters 9–11.

Elizabeth G. Holt, “Sebastiano Serlio,” in A Documentary History of Art Volume II: Michelangelo and The Mannerists, The Baroque and the Eighteenth Century,” by Elizabeth G. Holt (Garden City, NY: Doubleday Anchor Books, 1958; originally published in 1947 by Princeton University Press), 38–46.

Giorgio Vasari’s Dedicatory to the Artist of Design, in E. H. and E. W. Blashfiield and A. A. Hopkins, eds., Lives of Seventy of the Most Eminent Painters, Sculptors and ← xv | xvi → Architects by Giorgio Vasari (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1923), lxvii–lxx. Reprinted in

Elisabeth B. MacDougall, “Michelangelo and the Porta Pia,” in Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 19, no. 3 (October 1960): 97–108, published by the University of California Press on behalf...

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