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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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Figure I.1. Cosimo Bartoli’s annotated copy of Giovanni Giocondo’s edition of Vitruvius, De Architectura, issued by the Giunta Press in Florence, 1513. The edition is called “La Gioconda seconda” because first published in Venice by Giovanni da Tridino, known as Tacuino, in 1511. Photo credit: Courtesy of Dr. Umberto Pregliasco and Dr. Giovanni Mazzaferro, Letteratura Artistica

Figure I.2. Leon Battista Alberti, De re aedificatoria. Florence: Lorenzo Torrentino, 1550. Photo credit: Public

Figure I.3. Sebastiano Serlio, Endpiece to Book I–II, from Compendium of Architectural Books I–V (Paris: Jean Barbé, 1545). Photo credit: Courtesy of Metropolitan Museum of Art donated to Wikimedia Commons. Line credit: Harris Beisbane Dick Fund, 1937 (Accession Number 37.56.2. 1–5).

Figure I.4. Michelangelo’s Porta Pia, 1561–1564, Rome. Photo credit: Public domain. ← ix | x →

Figure I.5. Giorgio Vasari, Title Page, Vite … The Lives of the most excellent painters, sculptors and architects (Florence: Giunti, 1568). Photo credit: Public domain.

Figure I.6. Cornelis Floris (II), Grotesque. Engraved by Johannes of Lucas van Doetchum and printed by Hieronymus Cock in 1556. Photo credit: Courtesy of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

Figure A.1. Attributed to Giulio Romano, Four Architectural Studies. Pen and brown ink with wash over charcoal on paper. Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia. Extended loan from Giuliano Ceseri. GMOA 1995.285E. Photo credit: Courtesy of Giuliano Ceseri and the Georgia Museum of Art.

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