Per la fortuna del Vitruvio di Cesare Cesariano. Giovan Battista Caporali e il Vetruvio in volgar lingua raportato (Perugia, 1536)
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Printed in Perugia in April 1536, the Vetruvio in volgar lingua raportato had been compiled by the eclectic artist Giovan Battista Caporali as a programmatic rewriting of the first five books of Cesare Cesariano’s Italian translation of the Latin De Architectura (1521). This article proposes an initial critical re-evaluation of Caporali’s book from various standpoints. First, the analysis of published and unpublished documents will afford a new understanding of the editorial history of the treatise (1532-1536). Then, a comparison with Cesariano’s highly successful translation will shed light on Caporali’s agenda and objectives, namely the strong relationship between the original content of the Vetruvio raportato and the social, political, economic, and architectonical history of Renaissance Perugia. Additionally, closer examination of this forgotten book will offer new insight on its woodcut illustrations, on its innovative frontispiece, and on various parts of the author’s commentary, including his encounter with Leonardo da Vinci in Rome.
keywordsCesare Cesariano; Vitruvius, De Architectura; Giovan Battista Caporali; Perugia; Giano Bigazzini; Francesco Lutio Durantino; 16th century Architectural treatises
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