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080067 UE Course: Andrea Palladio (1508-1580), Vincenzo Scamozzi (1548-1616) and their Followers. (2021S)

Treatises and Architectural Practice in Venice.

Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 25 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Sollte Hybrid-Lehre ab irgendeinem Zeitpunkt im Semester möglich sein, wird die UE im Seminarraum 5 d. Inst. stattfinden.

Tuesday 02.03. 10:00 - 11:30 Digital
Tuesday 09.03. 10:00 - 11:30 Digital
Tuesday 16.03. 10:00 - 11:30 Digital
Tuesday 23.03. 10:00 - 11:30 Digital
Tuesday 13.04. 10:00 - 11:30 Digital
Tuesday 20.04. 10:00 - 11:30 Digital
Tuesday 27.04. 10:00 - 11:30 Digital
Tuesday 04.05. 10:00 - 11:30 Digital
Tuesday 11.05. 10:00 - 11:30 Digital
Tuesday 18.05. 10:00 - 11:30 Digital
Tuesday 01.06. 10:00 - 11:30 Digital
Tuesday 08.06. 10:00 - 11:30 Digital
Tuesday 15.06. 10:00 - 11:30 Digital
Tuesday 22.06. 10:00 - 11:30 Digital
Tuesday 29.06. 10:00 - 11:30 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

Andrea Palladio (1508-1580), Vincenzo Scamozzi (1548-1616) and their successors. Venetian architecture and the mutual influence of building practice and treatises.

The highlights of the careers of the great Venetian architects Andrea Palladio (1508-1580), Vincenzo Scamozzi (1548-1616) and their successors, as well as their long-lasting posthumous effects in Italy and Europe, are to be reexamined on the basis of recently published research results - and according to different methodological approaches. This can only be done by taking into account part of the theoretical literature from their environment and, above all, their own texts: first and foremost Palladio's "Handbook" (The Four Books of Architecture), published around 1570 to methodically implement his so-called "usanza nuova" ("new architectural custom"), then the Vitruvian editions published by Daniele Barbaro with Palladio's collaboration, and Scamozzi's main work with the highly ambitious title Idea dell'architettura universale (1615; Germ. translation Nuremberg as early as 1678; English translation 2003), which is considered as the proof of the powerful impact of his Paduan model or - rather - forerunner. The numerous writings of these architects sopra le antichità di Roma and the relevant perspective treatises (first Barbaro, then twice Scamozzi; from the latter curated new edition by Sebastiano Serlio) must also be taken into account.
The seminar will primarily offer a contextualisation of selected and representative buildings by these architects between 1550 and 1650 on the basis of recent research and analyses of the mainly profane architecture from the tracts - in German translation - together with the graphic material. The considerable discrepancies with the realised buildings have to be analysed.
Aspects of monument preservation should also be discussed, possibly on the basis of how European monument offices have dealt with the surviving building substance of Palladian/istic villa complexes since the middle of the 20th century: conservation, deconstruction and reconstruction as well as examples of the highly problematic marketing of the world heritage in all former Venetian areas, including Friuli.

Architectural-theoretical analysis of buildings. Evidence of technical innovations introduced by architects in Italy around 1550. Visual comparisons between designs and realised buildings. Drawing on passages from the treatises of Palladio, Vignola, but also earlier theorists such as Alberti (always available in German translations).

Assessment and permitted materials

Beurteilung der mündlichen Beiträge und der schriftlichen Ausarbeitung in Hinsicht auf die Schlüssigkeit der Argumentation und Beherrschung der architekturhistorischen Begrifflichkeiten und des technischen Vokabulars.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Regelmäßige Teilnahme, sonst siehe oben.

Examination topics

Siehe oben. Ziel ist kein Abfragen, sondern ein Einüben von wissenschaftlichen Arbeiten.

Reading list

Erik Forssman, Palladios Lehrgebäude: Studien über den Zusammenhang von Architektur und Architekturtheorie bei Andrea Palladio. Stockholm [u.a.], Almqvist & Wiksell: 1965
Idem, “Palladio e Vitruvio”, Bollettino CISAP 4., 1962, 31-42
Andrea Palladio (1508-2008), Ausst. (Engl.) Comitato Nazionale per il v Centenario della Nascita di Andrea Palladio (1508-2008), Venice 2008
Werner Oechslin, Palladianismus. Kontinuität von Werk und Wirkung, Zürich 2008
Andrea Palladio, I Quattro Libri dell’Architettura, Venezia 1570
Vincenzo Scamozzi, Idea dell’architettura universale, Venezia 1615

sind viele mehrsprachige Ausgaben verfügbar.

zum Thema des -ismus:

British Art and the Mediterranean, hrsg. v. Fritz Saxl, Rudolf Wittkower. Oxford University Press, 1948
Adrian von Buttlar, Der englische Landsitz, 1715 - 1760; Symbol eines liberalen Weltentwurfs, Mittenwald 1982
Fiske Kimball, "Burlington Architectus", Part 2., in Journal of the Royal Institute of British Architects, nov. 1927, XXXV, 14-16
Sabine Frommel, Il principio della corrispondenza nell’architettura del Serlio e del Palladio, in Andrea Palladio, Chastel, André (Hrsg.) ; Cevese, Renato (Hrsg.), Milano 1990, 166-181
Vaughan Hart, The architect of kings, New Haven 2011
Robert Morris Essay in Defence of Ancient Architecture, London 1728
Peter Murray, Palladianesimo, in Bollettino del Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio, 15.1973, 307-324
Werner Oechslin, Palladianismus. Kontinuität von Werk und Wirkung, Zürich 2008
Nikolaus Pevsner, L’ Inghilterra e il Manierismo, in Bollettino del Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio, 9.1967, 293-303
Lionello Puppi, Il trattato del Palladio e la sua fortuna in Italia e all’estero, in Bollettino del Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio, 12.1970, 257-272
Carsten Ruhl, Palladio bears away the palm, zur Ästhetisierung palladianischer Architektur in England, Hildesheim 2003
Scamozzi teorico europeo. L'opera dell'ultimo dei vitruviani tra Italia, Polonia e Inghilterra, hg. Franco Barbieri und Paolo Sanvito, edizioni dell'Accademia Olimpica Vicenza, 2016
Giles Worsley, Inigo Jones and the European classicist tradition, New Haven 2007
Ders., Classical architecture in Britain, New Haven 1995

RIBA = Royal Institute of British Architects, Library
Thomas Heywood Komödie If you Know Not Me, You Know No Bodie, 1605

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