In this important publication, Margaret Muther D’Evelyn sets forth an ambitious agenda to examine the theories and writings of Marcus Vitruvius Pollio through the eyes of Daniele Barbaro and Andrea Palladio, two of the most influential architectural minds of sixteenth-century Venice. To accomplish this goal, D’Evelyn divides her text into two main sections. The first, “Composing the Commentaries,” examines the place of Barbaro’s Commentaries on Vitruvius’s TheTen Books on Architecture within the context of the genre of the architectural treatise in late fifteenth-century to early sixteenth-century Italy. Having established the literary backdrop for the Commentaries, D’Evelyn then focuses on the relationships among her three protagonists—Barbaro, Palladio, and Vitruvius—as experienced within the...

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