Des fortifications et artifices. Architecture et perspective was written and published by Jacques Perret, in 1601. his work shows that he was learned in modern military science. Perret was active in Savoy until 1575, and probably moved to Paris at the end of the 16th century after he converted to Protestantism. Originally, there were four main editions of ‘des Fortifications et artifices’. The works are engraved with 26 plates, framed with quotations from the Old Testament, represented in plan and perspective models of fortifications and particular buildings. The three main themes of the works are dividend into 1. Ideal fortified cities and citadels, 2. religious architecture and 3. private architecture.
These three topics led to my choice of research in Alice’s Library.
Regarding the Subject ‚Fortifications‘ in the the Xenotheka brain, I chose the first reference by Kruft – A History of Architectural theory. It mentions the Perret’s visions on the cities, which gave me a further explanation of what I’ve already known.
The topics of religion and privacy, gave me a harder time since I wasn’t able to find a result with a link between Perret and religion.
In my opinion, Alice could be a very helpful and inspiring search engine. I’ve never seen anything like this before and I find it quite aesthetically pleasing. Unfortunately, I wasn’t really successful regarding my assigned book, but I am happy to know where I could perhaps find my luck for other works in the future.