BOOKS ON ARCHITECTURE
The De architectura of Vitruvius was published in Venice in 1511 by Giovanni da Tridentino, also known as Tacuino. This very fine folio edition established by Fra Giovanni Giocondo (c.1435-1515) marked a milestone, for the text the man from Verona put forward was considerably modified compared with those of the first three editions (Rome c. 1486, Venice 1495 and Florence 1496). It included one hundred thirty-six woodcuts, since the illustrations of the original treatise were lost. At the twilight of his life, Giocondo, a renowned engineer, familiar with the technical and scientific texts of the Ancients, but all the same a competent philologue and informed epigraphist, and what is more an excellent connoisseur of ruins, brought his multiple abilities to making an incomplete and not easily accessible text easier to understand. The humanist-architect wanted to render the Vitruvian text readable, that is to say comprehensible and therefore usable by scholars as well as by artisans. To this end he added a valuable lexicon at the end of the work.
Frédérique Lemerle (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique,
L. A. Ciapponi, "Fra Giocondo da Verona and his Edition of Vitruvius", Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, 47, 1984, pp. 72-90.
Vitruvius, De architectura, under the direction of P. Gros, translation and commentary by A. Corso and E. Romano, Torino, Einaudi, 1997, 2 vols.
F. Lemerle, Les Annotations de Guillaume Philandrier sur le De architectura de Vitruve, Books I to IV, Introduction, translation and commentary, Paris, Picard, 2000, pp. 25-27.
F. Lemerle, "Le bucrane dans la frise dorique à la Renaissance: un motif véronais", Annali di architettura, 8, 1996, pp. 85-92.
P. N. Pagliara, "Vitruvio, da testo a canone", Memoria dell’antico nell’arte italiana, 3, Turin, Einaudi, 1986, pp. 33-37.
P. N. Pagliara, "Le De architectura de Vitruve édité par Fra Giocondo, à Venise en 1511", S. Deswarte-Rosa (ed.), Sebastiano Serlio à Lyon. Architecture et imprimerie, Lyon, Mémoire Active, 2004, pp. 348-354.