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The Architectural Treatise in the Italian Renaissance: Architectural Invention, Ornament and Literary Culture Alina Payne

The Architectural Treatise in the Italian Renaissance: Architectural Invention, Ornament and Literary Culture

Alina Payne

Published February 13th 1999
ISBN : 9780521622660
Hardcover
364 pages
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Vitruvius Ten Books of Architecture was the fountainhead of architectural theory in the Italian Renaissance. Offering theoretical and practical solutions to a wide variety of architectural issues, this treatise did not, however, address all of theMoreVitruvius Ten Books of Architecture was the fountainhead of architectural theory in the Italian Renaissance. Offering theoretical and practical solutions to a wide variety of architectural issues, this treatise did not, however, address all of the questions that were of concern to early modern architects. This study examines the Italian Renaissance architects efforts to negotiate between imitation and reinvention of classicism. Through a close reading of Vitruvius and texts written during the period 1400-1600, Alina Payne identifies ornament as the central issue around which much of this debate focused.