Architecture and the Language Debate: Artistic and Linguistic Exchanges in Early Modern Italy

1st Edition

Nicholas Temple

Published February 14, 2020
Reference - 260 Pages - 99 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138195288 - CAT# Y227152
Series: Routledge Research in Architectural History


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This book examines the creative exchanges between architects, artists and intellectuals, from the Early Renaissance to the beginning of the Enlightenment, in the forging of relationships between architecture and emerging concepts of language in early modern Italy. The study extends across the spectrum of linguistic disputes during this time – among members of the clergy, humanists, philosophers and polymaths – on issues of grammar, rhetoric, philology, etymology and epigraphy, and how these disputes paralleled and informed important developments in architectural thinking and practice. Drawing upon a wealth of primary source material, such as humanist tracts, philosophical works, architectural/antiquarian treatises, epigraphic/philological studies, religious sermons and grammaticae, the book traces key periods when the emerging field of linguistics in early modern Italy impacted on the theory, design and symbolism of buildings.

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