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Di Lucio Vitruvio Pollione De architectura Libri Dece traducti de latino in vulgare affigurati: commentati: & con mirando ordine insigniti

Author:
Written by Marcus Pollio Vitruvius (Roman, active late 1st century B.C.)
Translator:
Translation and Commentary by Cesare Cesariano (Italian, 1476/78–1543)
Translator:
Translated by Benedetto Giovio (Italian, 1471–1545)
Translator:
Translated by Bono Mauro (Italian, active 16th century)
Illustrator:
Illustrated by Cesare Cesariano (Italian, 1476/78–1543)
Publisher:
Published by Agostino Gallo (Italian, active 16th century)
Publisher:
Published by Luigi Pirovano (Italian, active 16th century)
Printer:
Printed by Gottardo da Ponte
Date:
1521
Medium:
Printed book with woodcut illustrations
Dimensions:
Overall: 16 5/8 x 11 5/8 x 1 15/16 in. (42.2 x 29.6 x 5 cm)
Classification:
Books
Credit Line:
Bequest of W. Gedney Beatty, 1941
Accession Number:
41.100.331
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 690
The publication of Vitruvius’s classical text De architectura had a tremendous impact on Renaissance architectural theory. While many printed editions appeared from the late fifteenth century onward, Cesariano’s was the first to include modern commentary and significant illustrations. The images promote an idealized vision of space defined by mathematical principles of harmonic order and proportion.
De architectura. Italian.

William Gedney Beatty (American, 1869–1941); Robert James Johnson (British, 1832–1892)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," July 14, 2008–October 19, 2008.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Picturing Math: Selections from the Department of Drawings and Prints," January 31, 2017–May 1, 2017.

Baroni 83; Besterman 104-105; Brunet V.1330; Cicognara 698; Dyson Perrins 232; Ebhardt 68; Fowler 310, #395; Jessen 953; Kristeller 59-61, #362; Lukomski, 67-68; Millard 483, #158; Mortimer 544; Reimers 11 ; Riccardi 2.610-611; SKB 1802; Vagnetti 6
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