My old book is called Regola delli cinque ordini d’architettura and was the work of the Italian architect Giacomo Barozzi da Vignola. The book is dedicated to the five orders of architecture.
To find books connected to my book, I linked Alice’s brain to the Xenotheka library. I challenged myself to find three different types of books. First, I wanted to find a book that dealt with the influence of Vignola in his time. Secondly, I wanted to find a book that contained examples of Vignola’s architecture that were actually built. Thirdly, I went to find a contemporary author who dealt with Vignola’s work.
The book about the influence of Vignola and his architecture, was easy to find. I used the topics architecture, Vignola and the keywords Vignola and five orders, so I was able to find it swiftly. The commentary on Vignola’s work was more difficult to find, in the end I was successful with the keywords Vignola claims, which indicates that the examples are a critical examination of Vignola’s work.
The book Eighteenth-Century Architecture was written by Caroline van Eck and Sigrid de Jong. As the title suggests, the book deals with eighteenth-century architecture. They talk about how famous authors influenced the academic world of their time.
The book GUIDE TO BARQUEO ROME was written by Anthony Blunt. The book is intended for tourists and for those who want to discover the Baroque in a more leisurely way. The book features some of Vignola’s works as well. In this way, you can learn in this book how Vingola put his own theory into practice.
Daniele Barbaro’s Vitruvius of 1567 has been translated and annotated by Kim Williams. The book is a commentary by Daniele Barbaro, who lived at the same time as Vignola, on Vitruvius’ Ten Books of Architecture. Kim Williams shows that Barbaro and Vignola did not always agree, for example, in which order the Marcellus Theatre was built.
This exercise showed me even more clearly how influential Vignola was in his time. Academics of his time read his works and implemented his theories, but of course there were also voices that opposed Vignola.