Friends with an old book, Martino Galli
“V columnae”, written by Hans Blum, is a very interesting book about the tradition of columns. It is full of detailed images, some of them are printed in very long pages, such as those that I have selected. These two represent a comparison between Ionic and Corinthian columns. I believe that the reason why these images are bigger than a traditional page of a book is because the author wanted to show more details, the reader can then easily fold them and carry them around.
The second spread that I chose is another comparison between the Ionic and Corinthian orders, but in this case it is about the “anatomy” of the capital. I find it impressive that in the late 1500s they were able to print such precise drawings.
Towards the end of the book there are many pages depicting drawings of buildings in perspective, like the one in the third spread. What I find interesting is that they are placed there without context, caption or description. These images probably represent further examples, but I think that by continuing to analyze “V columnae” I will understand their meaning better.