Avvertimenti e Regole circa L’Architettura Civile, Scultura, Pittura, Prospettiva et Architettura Militare per Offesa e Difesa di Fortezze.

BARCA, Pietro Antonio

Editorial: Milan Pandolfo Malatesta 1620., 1620
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Oblong folio [20.5 x 26.5 cm] 46 ff., including title with engraved arms of Philip III and 6 whole, 8 roughly half- and 34 roughly quarter page engravings. Cancel on p. 42 present. Bound in 18th c quarter vellum and marbled papers over boards, with vellum corners. Unidentified embossed private library stamp on title. Lower edge of title dog-earred; some minor waterstaining at upper edges of initial leaves, growing paler with subsequent leaves. Very good. Very rare first edition of this understudied general architectural treatise from Lombardy, in small folio format, and unusual on two counts: 1) it attempts to distill the contents of a general architectural treatise in brief compass, in a portable format such that it could probably have been utlized "on site"; this is not generally the case with the classic sixteenth century architectural treatises, even those expressly directed to builders rather than humanists, which tended to be in larger formats; and 2) according to the Vagnetti, the brief section on perspective contains an analysis of a specific, well-known picture, Raphael’s ‘Sposalizio’ (albeit, oddly, with the architectural details simplified, above all, the omission of the great 16-sided temple in the background). Although it would seem to be the most obvious thing in the world, we recall no such examples in any of the innumerable perspective treatises we have encountered or handled over many years. (Barca’s knowledge of the picture is a mystery; in 1620, it was in Città di Castello and did not come to Milan until the 19th century, further, as far as we know, it was not engraved.The simplified details and differences between the engraving and the picture almost certainly suggest an intermediary sketch, perhaps a not very accurate one. The work treats arithmetical and geometrical proportion, the Orders (Tuscan, Doric, Ionic, Corinthian and composite), proportion in a section devoted to sculpture, and perspective in painting as well as architecture. Although the proportional figures owe much to Dürer, the models for the Orders are not obviously derivative, and were probably drawn by the author—for what it is worth, Brunet claims that Barca drew all the plates. Next, Barca treats military fortification offensive and defensive, with theoretical diagrams as well as some plans the author has designed for a specific locale (Moschetto). The Milanese Barca worked mainly in Lombardy; his first documented works were in Milan in the 1570’s (the prison of the Palazzo di Giustizia and the façade of Palazzo della Canonico (destroyed). By 1577, his name is inscribed in the rolls of the College of Engineers in Milan, and in 1583, in conjunction with Seregni, he proposed an alteration to the duomo. His projects for the King of Spain are disputed. In the first decade of the 17th century, he was back in Milan, attached to the Fabbrica of the duomo for a variety of projects (for a full listing, see DBI). NUC lists Chicago and Cleveland; OCLC adds no new copies, but we have located two at the Getty. A facsimile was published in Como in 1997. * Brunet I.651; Cicognara 412; Vagnetti EIIIb12; Riccardi I.79; R. Bossaglia in DBI VI.267-68; not in Breman/Bury (mention, p. 21) and not in RIBA; Cockle 812 (erroneously calling for two "large" folding plates, as the Chicago and 2 Getty copies show, all of the plates are within the pagination.). N° de ref. de la librería 4031

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Título: Avvertimenti e Regole circa L’Architettura ...

Editorial: Milan Pandolfo Malatesta 1620.

Año de publicación: 1620

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Ejemplar firmado: Signed by Author(s)

Edición: 1st Edition

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