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Barozzi da Vignola, Jacopo

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Barozzi da Vignola, Jacopo

Jacopo Barozzi da Vignola

  • Vignola, as he is nowadays usually called after the town of his birth, Vignola in Northern Italy, was trained as a painter and architect but became already famous during his lifetime for his deep knowledge of ancient architecture, especially the Classical orders, and as a specialist of perspective. His own book on the Classical orders, the Regola delli cinque ordini di architettura [Vignola 1562] must have been finished in 1562, when a printed copy was sent to cardinal Aleassandro Farnese. It consist of some 30 copper plates (including the text which is very short and was not printed separately with letters) and presumably was printed on the same press as Antonio Labacco's Libro appartenente all'architettura [Labacco 1553] in Labacco's house.
  • Vignola's second book, Le due Regole della prospettiva prattica [Vignola/Danti 1583], was published posthumously by mathematician, geographer and astronomer Egnatio Danti in 1583 in an extensively commented edition. It contains an unpaginated Vita of Vignola stating, among other interesting facts, that the author and architect worked for the Accademia di Architettura while in Rome:
  • [Tuttle 2002: 28] "Presso il Vaticano Vignola fu affidato alle cure di Jacopo Meleghino, architetto del palazzo papale, secondo architetto di Antonio da Sangallo il Giovane, nonché amico e confidente di lunga data di Paolo III."