Key Words: representation, correspondence, social status
The work “oeuvres d’architecure…” by vincenzo scamozzi, whose translation were dealing with in this case was published in 1713 in Leiden by Pieter van der Aa. It deals with lots of concepts and ideas. I would gladly like to focus on Accordance/Correspondence of Architecture to the social status of the Client or Inhabitant of the building.
Architecture has many qualities. Some may be more and some may be less important. A however undisputedly important quality of a building is representation. Being mostly transported via the visual medium of sight, architecture can impose but also do the contrary. Architecture can be a materialistic presentation of levels of wealth, sophistication and status/importance. Therefore, it was also used in such ways.
Vincenzo Scamozzi lists many buildings in his works. He describes weather the features of the buildings are in accordance to the status of their inhabitants. Such features are size and height of the building, levels of decoration or other symbolic hints of representation.