Le due regole della prospettiva pratica is a book written in 1583 by Giacomo Barozzi da Vignola. The book includes 170 pages. It’s divided in two main chapters with several subchapters.
The book begins with a very impressive illustration which frames the title of the book. It’s followed by two pages of preface and a small content.
The text is composed very tight. It’s an alternate game between words and illustrations. The margin of the book stays exactly the same from the first page till the last. There is a bigger distance to the outer border and a very small distance to the inner border. Top and bottom of the pages have the same layout.
Almost every side of the book is structured in several sections and every part has a title.
The illustrations find their place almost on every page but mostly they are arranged on the left or at the right frame. Sometimes they are arranged in the middle of the page and make kind of a cut through the flow of the text. In case of that situation the text is located above and under the illustration.
The illustrations are technical drawings. They attend the whole book. Normally to each section of text there is also an illustration. They are an important tool for explanation and to help understanding the text. The book although contains a little bit more of text than illustrations. The illustration on the first page with an artistic touch is kind of a onetime thing.
The book suggests an academic study and gives a look into the mind and thoughts of Vignola.