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Vincenzo Scamozzi and the Chorography of Early Modern Architecture

1st Edition

By Ann Marie Borys


234 pages

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The first English-language overview of the contributions to Renaissance architectural culture of northern Italian architect Vincenzo Scamozzi (1548-1616), this book introduces Anglophone architects and historians to a little-known figure from a period that is recognized as one of the most productive and influential in the Western architectural tradition. Ann Marie Borys presents Vincenzo Scamozzi as a traveler and an observer, the first Western architect to respond to the changing shape of the world in the Age of Discovery. Pointing out his familiarity with the expansion of knowledge in both natural history and geography, she highlights that his truly unique contribution was to make geography and cartography central to the knowledge of the architect. In so doing, she argues that he articulated the first fully realized theory of place. Showing how geographic thinking influences his output, Borys demonstrates that although Scamozzi's work was conceived within an established tradition, it was also influenced by major cultural changes occurring in the late 16th century.


'Borys's study offers an important new insight into Scamozzi's work and thus provides us with a richer and more nuanced understanding of the often-too-generic idea of the Palladian style - an approach which was widespread in seventeenth-century Italian and northern European architecture. Historical geographers concerned with landscape, place, and architecture will find much to value in Borys's volume.' Journal of Historical Geography

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface: chorography, place, and time; ’Citizen of the world’; Geography and chorography: Scamozzi’s theory of place; Mapping the natural world: casa and villa; Mapping the city: palaces and civic buildings; Chorography and cosmography: place and transcendence; ’A scientific habit’; Appendix; Bibliography; Index.

About the Author

Ann Marie Borys is Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington, USA.

About the Series

Visual Culture in Early Modernity

A forum for the critical inquiry of the visual arts in the early modern world, Visual Culture in Early Modernity promotes new models of inquiry and new narratives of early modern art and its history. We welcome proposals for both monographs and essay collections that consider the cultural production and reception of images and objects. The range of topics covered in this series includes, but is not limited to, painting, sculpture and architecture as well as material objects, such as domestic furnishings, religious and/or ritual accessories, costume, scientific/medical apparata, erotica, ephemera and printed matter. We seek innovative investigations of western and non-western visual culture produced between 1400 and 1800.


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / History / General
ART / History / General
ART / History / Renaissance