The Architecture of the Renaissance by Leonardo Benevolo
“The Architecture of the Renaissance” is a two-volume book written by Leonardo Benevolo, an Italian architect, historian, and theoretician of architecture. The first volume was published in 1960, and the second volume followed in 1966.
The book provides a comprehensive survey of Renaissance architecture in Italy, covering the period from the early 15th century to the late 16th century. It explores the development of Renaissance architecture in the context of the broader cultural and social changes of the time, including the revival of classical learning, the emergence of humanism, and the growth of trade and commerce.
Benevolo’s approach to the subject is both scholarly and accessible, and he employs a variety of analytical and descriptive techniques to explore the architecture of the period. He examines the formal qualities of Renaissance buildings, as well as their functional and symbolic meanings, and provides detailed descriptions of individual structures and their contexts.
The book is widely regarded as a classic work of architectural history and has been influential in shaping the way that scholars and architects have thought about Renaissance architecture. It is also notable for its rich illustrations, which include photographs, plans, and elevations of many of the buildings discussed in the text.
Overall, “The Architecture of the Renaissance” is a valuable resource for anyone interested in the history of architecture, the Renaissance, or Italian culture and society.
Hard Cover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First English Edition 1978 two volumes complete. hardcovers in dust jackets., clean, no writing or text markings, sound bindings.; pagination extends across both vols., viii-584 and 585-1077pp., 1258 b/w illustrations.; first published in Italy in 1968. translated into English from the second revised Italian edition, 1973.; Rutledge & Kegan Paul, London Heavy item. Size: 9¾” x 7 3/4 “
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