Vitruvius revisited: Palldio's canonical orders in the first book of "I quattro libri dell'architettura"

  • Louis Cellauro Collegium Helveticum (ETH Zurich und Universität Zurich)
Keywords: history of architecture, Palladio, Andrea, Vitruvius,

Abstract

This contribution examines Palladio's relation to Vitruvius with regard to the canonical orders: the Tuscan, Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian. Palladio became acquainted with Vitruvius Through his first mentor, Gian Giorgio Trissino, who had founded an academy. in the first book of I quattro libri dell'architettura Palladio repeatedly refers to Vitruvius. However, like most Renaissance architects, Palladio also studied the existing remains of Roman architecture. For him, archaeological evidence had more weight than the written words of Vitruvius. Though Palladio regarded Vitruvius as his "master and guide", he would deviate from Vitruvius' rules when he found the remains of Roman architecture more satisfactory. For Palladio, Vitruvius' rules were not unalterable, they were guidelines which the architect could modify.

Author Biography

Louis Cellauro, Collegium Helveticum (ETH Zurich und Universität Zurich)

Collegium Helveticum 

(ETH Zurich und Universität Zurich)

How to Cite
Cellauro, L. (1) “Vitruvius revisited: Palldio’s canonical orders in the first book of "I quattro libri dell’architettura"”, Acta ad archaeologiam et artium historiam pertinentia, 290, pp. 177-196. doi: 10.5617/acta.6081.