Renaissance Architecture: Theories and Histories


Seminar on the theory and history of Renaissance architecture in Italy and Europe. Focuses on the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries but covers a wider chronological span (1300-1700) in order to frame notions of Renaissance with regard to categories such as Gothic, Baroque, and Classical. Readings include theoretical and/or historical works foundational to the field and subfield—such as Vasari’s Lives (1568), Burckhardt’s Architecture of the Italian Renaissance (1878), and Wo¨lfflin’s Renaissance and Baroque (1888)—as well as modern classics such as Wittkower’s Architectural Principles (1949), Carpo’s Architecture in the Age of Printing (2001), and Tafuri’s Princes, Cities, Architects (1992).
Typically Offered
Fall and/or Spring