Grand Central Pub
Italian Architecture of the 16th Century is the last published work of the legendary Colin Rowe, the fruit of his four-year collaboration with Leon Satkowski, a Rowe student and author of Giorgio Vasari: Architect and Courtier. The book is a testament to the buildings, architects, and artists Rowe most deeply appreciated. For the millions of travelers who flock to Italy to see the art and architecture of the 16th century-subjects that captured Rowe's heart and challenged his fertile mind-this book is at once a pleasurable read and the pinnacle in scholarship. It is written in Rowe's unmatched and engaging personal style, and it is beautifully illustrated throughout with photographs, drawings, and paintings of the art and architecture that make this period and this place so beloved. The book emphasizes the leading subjects of the 16th -century Reniassance: the architects (Bramante, Vignola), the patrons (Leo X, Cosimo I de Medici), the artists (Michelangelo), and the cities (Rome, Venice, Florence). As the finest critical scholarship on conquecento Italy and an accessible guide for the non-scholar, this book is destined to be regarded as one of Rowe's most important.
Rowe (d.1999, formerly architecture, Cornell U.) and Satkowski (architecture, U. of Minnesota), one of Rowe's former students, have written a series of essays on the works of several 16th-century Italian architects, including Bramante, Leonardo, Giulio Romano, Vignola, Sansovino, Vasari, and Ammannati. Their analysis focuses on design concepts and their execution, the history of development within the architect's oeuvre, and the sources of his influence. The patronage of popes Julius II and Pope Leo X are treated in separate chapters. The volume is well illustrated with high quality b&w plates of historic views of the buildings. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Blackwell North Amer
Italian Architecture of the 16th Century is the last published work of the renowned Colin Rowe, the fruit of his four-year collaboration with former student Leon Satkowski. The book is a testament to the buildings, architects, and artists Rowe deeply appreciated. For the millions who travel to Italy to see the art and architecture of the sixteenth century - places that captured Rowe's heart and challenged his fertile mind - this book will be a pleasurable read as much as it is a pinnacle of critical scholarship.
Italian Architecture is written in an engaging personal style, discussing architecture in historical and contemporary terms. It emphasizes the leading subjects of the sixteenth-century Renaisssance: the architects (Bramante, Vignola), the patrons (Leo X, Cosimo I de Medici), the artists (Michelangelo, Raphael), and the cities (Rome, Venice, Florence). The book is beautifully illustrated with photographs, drawings, and paintings. An engaging history and the finest critique of cinquecento Italy, Italian Architecture is destined to be one of Rowe's most important publications.