Written by scholars of international stature, Aeolian Winds and the Spirit in Renaissance Architecture presents studies of Renaissance pneumatology exploring the relationship between architecture and the disciplines of art and science.
One of the principle goals of Renaissance architects was to augment the powers of pneuma so as to foster the art of well-being. Central to the study of pneumatic architecture are six Italian villas connected together by a ventilating system of caves and tunnels, including Eolia, in which Trento established an academic circle of scholars that included Palladio, Tazzo and Ruzzante.
Picking up on current interest in environmental issues, Aeolian Winds and the Spirit in Renaissance Architecture reintroduces Renaissance perspectives on the key relationships in environmental issues between architecture and art and science. This beautifully illustrated and unprecedented study will illuminate the studies of any architecture or Renaissance student or scholar.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction Barbara Kenda 2. Chasma Ges: Delphic Pneuma and the Cult of Asklepios Richard Economakis 3. ‘Study the Warm Winds and the Cold’: Hippocrates and the Renaissance Villa Matthew Hardy 4. The Role of the Winds in the Architectural Theory from Vitruvius to Scamozzi Alessandro Nova 5. Making Visible the Invisible: Signs of Aer in Renaissance Treatises Paul Emmons & Marco Frascari 6. Poetry and "Spirited" Ancient Sculpture in Renaissance Rome: Pomponio Leto's Academy to the Sixteenth-Century Sculpture Garden Kathleen Christian 7. The Winds in the Corners: Giulio Romano, The Elements, & the Palazzo Te's Fall of the Giants David Mayernik 8. The Breath of Cities Rebecca Williamson
Barbara Kenda is a Professor at the School of Architecture, University of Notre Dame. She is the author of several articles on pneumatic architecture. Recently, she was a senior fellow at Dumbarton Oaks, Harvard University.