Palladio & Fréart

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In the dedication of this volume, Fréart de Chambray argues that beauty consists of ‘the union and general accord of all parts together making a kind of visible harmony.' While the illustration shown is of the Ionic entablature at the Baths of Diocletian, his analysis is an intellectual construct. His commentary has none of the empirical rigour that characterises the later archaeological excavations of the 18th century.
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Palladio image

This drawing of Diocletian's Baths can be traced to Andrea Palladio. The Bertotti-Scamozzi illustrations in this volume follow those included by the English architect, Lord Burlington, in his study of the Baths of the Romans, Fabbriche Antiche (1730). These in turn were based upon drawings by Palladio that the Englishman had acquired in Italy some years earlier. Bertotti-Scamozzi had earlier published several volumes documenting Palladio's buildings.
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Plan of the Baths of Diocletian

Baths of Diocletian. Drawing by Etienne Du Pérac from the mid 16th century.





Detail. Palladio, Andrea.Le terme dei Romani. Per Giovanni Rossi, 1797.

Detail. Palladio, Andrea.
Le terme dei Romani. Per Giovanni Rossi, 1797.
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