Francesco Colonna


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Venetian cleric and author. His Hypneroto-machia Polifili, written in 1467 and published by Aldus Manutius (1450–1515) in Venice in 1499, was a work of imagination, but it contains descriptions of hieroglyphs and many buildings of Classical Antiquity, clearly drawing on Antique literature (including Vitruvius) and on contemporary Renaissance architectural concerns. Manutius's celebrated edition contained fanciful woodcut illustrations that were very influential for long afterwards. Bernini's elephant carrying an obelisk and the common theme of an obelisk on top of a pyramid are but two of the images that recur after 1499. Hypnerotomachia is regarded as the first Italian architectural treatise.

Colonna (1999);J. Curl (2005);Jervis (1984);Pevsner (ed.) (1968)

Subjects: Architecture — Literature.

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