Buildings, Texts, and Contexts Lecture: Guido Beltramini, “Four Objects” (III)

A BOOK [BY PALLADIO]. This is Palladio’s “Fifth” book of architecture—his illustrated edition of Julius Caesar’s Commentaries (Venice, 1575), articulating the “architecture” of Caesar’s battles. Palladio was interested in Roman warfare because it expressed strategies for transforming the real world. As a contrast, we will also look at the tradition of military architecture as the construction of static defenses, beginning with bastions made of clay and canes that Michelangelo designed like enormous carnivorous flowers for the siege of Florence in 1528.

A Special Segment of GSD 4223: “Buildings, Texts, and Contexts” by Guido Beltramini, Director, Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio, Vicenza.

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