ARCHITECTURA SELECTA Architectural treatises and model books from the collections of the Biblioteca Palatina in Parma

Biblioteca Palatina

Saturday, September, 29th - Saturday, September, 3rd 2012 - exhibition

 

 Until November 3rd 2012 it will be still possible to visit  the exhibition

ARCHITECTURA SELECTA

Architectural treatises and model books from the collections of the Biblioteca Palatina in Parma

by Carlo Mambriani

(Università degli Studi in Parma)

In association with

SABINA MAGRINI

GRAZIA MARIA DE RUBEIS

ERMINDA DEL MONACO

DANIELA MOSCHINI

LUIGI PELIZZONI

(Biblioteca Palatina)

The invention of print during the Renaissance coincides with  the rediscovery of the classical world. Artistic and intellectual models belonging to that world came back to fashion and spread diffusely due to the existence of the printing press and the new  geographical discoveries.

Thus, editors in the Modern Age were able to reproduce ancient treatises with ease and even  invent new types of printed materials, attracting all types of  lovers of architecture, which in itself is a topic characterized by many disciplinary and professional aspects.

 Printers and booksellers publish and sell treatises on civil and military architecture, studies and drawings of ancient and contemporary buildings, descriptions and engravings of ephimeral decorations created on different occasions, biographies of architects, model books as well as treatises on theatrical and staging architecture, garden and water architecture and  treatises on artistic theory and aesthetics...

After a careful selection  these various typologies are  exhibited here. These date from the 15th century up until the beginnings of the Contemporary Age and are precious for their rarity and  richness of illustrations.

Nevertheless, they are only a small part of the corpus of architectural works  preserved in the Biblioteca Palatina.

This corpus has developed since the mid 18th century by the acquisitions made by the Library to satisfy the needs of professionals of the State and Municipalities and by the books arriving from suppressed monasteries and those from the private library of the Bourbon family of Parma

Opening times:

Mo.- Thu.: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Fri. - Sat.: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Free Entrance