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Author Elet, Yvonne, author

Title Architectural invention in Renaissance Rome : artists, humanists, and the planning of Raphael's Villa Madama / Yvonne Elet
Published Cambrdige, UK : Cambridge University Press, 2017
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Description 1 online resource (xxv, 337 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations
Contents Introduction. The nature of invention, in word and image; 1. Reviving the corpse; 2. Writing architecture; 3. Sperulo's vision; 4. Encomia of the unbuilt; 5. Metastructures of word and image; 6. Dynamic design; Conclusion. Building with mortar and verse
Summary "Humanist collaborators also contributed to the development of visual projects in many ways. That they served as advisors and propagandists is well known, but we have scant knowledge of exactly how they worked with artists, and especially with architects. How did their ideas make their way into form? The role of the humanist advisor has been studied primarily in respect to the representational media of painting and sculpture, focusing on so-called iconographic programs or inventions; but their role in architectural projects is much less understood"-- Provided by publisher
Villa Madama, Raphael's late masterwork of architecture, landscape, and decoration for the Medici popes, is a paradigm of the Renaissance villa. The creation of this important, unfinished complex provides a remarkable case study for the nature of architectural invention. Drawing on little known poetry describing the villa while it was on the drawing board, as well as ground plans, letters, and antiquities once installed there, Yvonne Elet reveals the design process to have been a dynamic, collaborative effort involving humanists as well as architects. She explores design as a self-reflexive process, and the dialectic of text and architectural form, illuminating the relation of word and image in Renaissance architectural practice. Her revisionist account of architectural design as a process engaging different systems of knowledge, visual and verbal, has important implications for the relation of architecture and language, meaning in architecture, and the translation of idea into form
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 228-319) and index
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Subject Raphael, 1483-1520 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Raphael, 1483-1520 -- Friends and associates.
Sperulo, Francesco, active 15th-16th century -- Influence.
Villa Madama (Rome, Italy)
Architectural practice -- Italy -- Rome -- History -- 16th century.
Architecture, Renaissance -- Italy -- Rome.
Group work in architecture -- Italy -- Rome -- History -- 16th century.
Humanism in architecture -- Italy -- Rome.
Rome (Italy) -- Buildings, structures, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Sperulo, Francesco, active 15th-16th century.
ISBN 1107130522 (electronic bk.)
1108216110 (electronic bk.)
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