Francesco di Giorgio Martini is one of the few fifteenth century Sienese artists who became known outside his native city. Working at the courts of Urbino, Naples and Milan, he was a typical Renaissance
uomo universale but his major achievements were in military and civil architecture, complemented by the composition of a theoretical treatise. The collection of essays does not offer a comprehensive study of the artist’s architectural œuvre, but rather emphasizes the partial nature of the scholarly endeavor so far undertaken. The essays discuss Francesco’s theory, his drawings from the antique, the individual characteristics of his practice, and the reception of his work. They share a common idea: invention, which emerges as a valid theoretical framework, possibly the only one capable of encompassing Francesco di Giorgio’s versatile accomplishments.
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2011. 211 pp., num. ill.
Contents: Panayotis Ioannou: «Per ispasso e per piacere» La Vita di Francesco di Giorgio dal Vasari – Eric Wolf: Reevaluating
Francesco di Giorgio on the Form and Nomenclature of Columns – Angeliki Pollali: Human Analogy in Trattati I: The Ragione
of Modern Architecture – Richard J. Betts: Francesco di Giorgio’s Reconstruction of the Temple of Minerva in the Forum of
Nerva – Sarah Edwards: La Scala Elicoidale: The Spiral Ramps of Francesco di Giorgio. An Architectural Re-Invention
– Roberta Martinis: Un’architettura con un cielo in mezzo: Francesco di Giorgio nel Palazzo Milanese di Federico da Montefeltro
– Rosanna di Battista/Luisa Molari/Pier Gabriele Molari: The First Launching of a Mine: Francesco di Giorgio and the Capture
of Castel Nuovo – Louis Cellauro: Francesco di Giorgio and the Renaissance Tradition of the Illustrated Architectural Treatise.