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Leon Battista Alberti's Hypnerotomachia Poliphili : recognizing the architectural body in the early Italian Renaissance

Author: Liane Lefaivre
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The enigmatic, polyglot 'Hypnerotomachia Poliphili' - the inspiration for the bestselling novel 'The Rule of Four' - has fascinated architects and historians since its publication in 1499. Part fictional narrative and part scholarly treatise, richly illustrated with wood engravings, the book is an extreme case of erotic furor, aimed at everything, especially architecture, that the protagonist, Poliphilo, encounters  Read more...
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Named Person: Francesco Colonna; Leon Battista Alberti; Francesco Colonna; Colonna; Leon Battista Alberti; Francesco Colonna
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Liane Lefaivre
ISBN: 0262122049 9780262122047
OCLC Number: 35450425
Description: 297 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
Contents: Introduction : Metaphors and mental leaps : toward a cognitive history of architecture --
1. The read Hypnerotomachia, or the Hypnerotomachia as knowledge --
2. The unread Hypnerotomachia, or design as dreamwork and thought experiment --
3. The hard Hypnerotomachia, or the code of recombination --
4. Implausible authors --
5. The real Poliphilo --
6. Reconfiguring the architectural body, changing the architectural mind --
7. The dangerous body --
8. The marvelous body --
9. The divine body --
10. The humanist body.
Responsibility: Liane Lefaivre.

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A critical-theoretical reading of the strange, dreamlike work of Leon Battista Alberti.  Read more...

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"It is engagingly written, and should serve well to introduce its fascinating subject to a nonspecialist audience." - Joscelyn Godwin, DBR (Design Book Review)"

 
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