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SIRIGATTI, Lorenzo
La pratica di prospettiva
1596. SIRIGATTI, Lorenzo. La pratica di prospettiva. Comprised of engraved title-page, 3 ff. text, 65 engraved plates (including the engraved half-title for the Libro Secondo), plus a woodcut printer's device at the end of the Libro Primo. Text on the verso of all plates in the first book with exception of plates 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 34, and 43, no text in the second book. Folio, 403 x 265 mm, bound in English eighteenth-century calf, red morocco spine label stamped in gilt. Venice: Girolamo Franceschi, 1596. |~||~||~||~||~| First Edition, dedicated to Ferdinando de' Medici by Sirigatti on 20 July 1596. La pratica di prospettiva is considered by many to be one of the most elegant works on perspective, and places Lorenzo Sirigatti among the important writers of his time on the subject: Barbaro, Vignola, and Egnatio Danti. "Questa è la più elegante delle edizioni di libri prospettici pei tipi, pei caratteri, per la carta" (Cicognara). The work is at once attractive and instructive. Libro Primo begins with twelve plates discussing the basics, depicting simple geometrical forms and their perspectival projections. This is followed by a series of 31 increasingly more complicated projections of stairs, facades, theater floor plans, column designs, portals, a lute, and a violin. The Millard catalogue draws specific attention to Sirigatti's contribution to stage design in the first book, noting that "he is the first to mention that the full effect of the perspective frame, for instance in a stage set, can be enjoyed only by those sitting along the main axis." This is demonstrated on … [Klicken Sie unten für eine ausführliche Beschreibung]
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