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.
The purpose of this collection is to celebrate the 450th anniversary of the publication of Giorgio Vasari’s Vite (The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects (Florence: Giunti, 1568), which, in the preface, highly praised architects along with the principles and technology of architecture. To honor this significant event, the selected essays in this book mostly comprise notable or even classic contributions to the field, in some cases revised or expanded, as well as specially commissioned essays. These essays demonstrate the extraordinary influence of the classical tradition in the Renaissance and Mannerism on how students were trained in architecture, particularly with respect to expertise about the nature and function of materials, as well as on the principles of design, proportion, decorum, and beauty and in understanding the role of the architect in society. These articles also address the impact of Mannerist architecture and art theory on sixteenth-century European architecture and culture.
This collection contributes to the literature in English on Italian Mannerist architecture and sixteenth-century architecture in Italy, along with the pioneer publication of Bates Lowry’s Renaissance Architecture (1961, repr. 1967), Peter Murray’s Architecture of Italian Renaissance (1969, rev. 1986, repr. 2010), David Thomson’s Renaissance Architecture (1993), Michael W. Cole’s Sixteenth-Century Italian Art (2006), Colin Rowe and Leon Satkowski’s Italian Architecture of the 16th Century (2002), Alina Payne’s The Architectural Treatise ← xvii | xviii → in the Italian Renaissance: Architectural Invention, Ornament and Literary Culture (2010), and (recently, with a global approach) Christy Anderson’s Renaissance Architecture...
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