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For the first time in more than half a century, Vitruvius' Ten Books on Architecture is being published in English. The only full treatise on architecture and its related arts to survive from classical antiquity, the Architecture libri decem (Ten Books on Architecture) is the single most important work of architectural history in the Western world, having shaped architecture and the image of the architect from the Renaissance to the present. Demonstrating the range of Vitruvius' style, this new edition includes examples from archaeological sites discovered since World War II and not previously published in English language translations. Rowland's new translation and Howe's critical commentary and illustrations provide a new image of Vitruvius, who emerges as an inventive and creative thinker, rather than the normative summarizer, as he was characterized in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Ingrid D. Rowland is an associate professor of Art History at the University of Chicago. Thomas Noble Howe is a professor in the Department of Art at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.Read more
- Completely new and original translation made directly from study of preserved manuscripts as well as editions or annotations including those of Fra Giocondo, Angelo Colocci, and Rose
- Translation applies Vitruvius' analytical terminology consistently throughout the book
- Image emerges of Vitruvius as an apostle of principled variety and sane personal invention rather than as rigid formgiver
Reviews & endorsements
"In this new translation of Vitruvius, accompanied by a lengthy commentary aand numerous translations, Rowland and Howe have done a valuable service to Vitruvian studies. Both commentary and the illustrations are treasure troves of information...It is an ambitious project well executed ,and has a great deal to offer those interested in Vitruvius, Roman architecture, and the history of architecture at whatever stage of their studies." Classical WorldSee more reviews
"A great reference book about all of the classical orders of architecture" House and Garden
"This book makes the Renaissance enthusiasm for Vitruvius understandable again, and it is an indispensable starting point for future work on him." Garry Wills, Preservation
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- Date Published: January 2001
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521002929
- length: 352 pages
- dimensions: 277 x 208 x 23 mm
- weight: 0.82kg
- contains: 110 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Part I. Translator's Preface: List of manuscripts and printed editions
Part II: The Translation: Book 1
Part III. Commentary and Illustrations.
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