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Built Vistas in the Early Modern Era

Blum, Gerd

Fenestra prospectiva

Architektonisch inszenierte Ausblicke: Alberti, Palladio, Agucchi

[Fenestra Prospectiva: Architectonically Framed Vistas: Alberti, Palladio, and Agucchi]

Preface by Forster, Kurt W.

Series:Studien aus dem Warburg-Haus 15

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    July 2015
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    Aims and Scope

    Vistas across the land, the landscape, and the garden are a particular hallmark of the Italian palaces and villas of the early modern era. The author of this book provides the first detailed documentation of the Renaissance reconstruction of the antique discourse on vistas of ideal places and architecturally staged and framed views. Making special reference to the treatise of Alberti and the Ducal Palace in Urbino, the buildings and treatise of Palladio, and mannierist and baroque buildings and texts, he also analyses the transformation of the ancient topos of the 'theatre of the hills' and the creation of the new, early-modern paradigm of the ideal view framed by the rectangular 'window with a vista', for which the term 'fenestra prospectiva' was coined in the 16th Century.


    xx, 474 pages
    Type of Publication:
    Art historians, architectural historians

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    "Blum eröffent in seiner Studie facettenreiche Aus- und Einblicke in die Konzeption und Rezeption der Profanarchitektur der italienischen Renaissance, bei der das Fenster in seiner architektonischen Rahmung einen zentralen Stellenwert einnimmt."
    Veronica Peselmann in: Kunstchronik 6/2016

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