Vitruvius: The Ten Books on Architecture
The oldest and most influential book ever written on architecture, this volume served as a guide to Bramante, Michelangelo, Palladio, Vignola, and countless others. It describes the classic principles of symmetry, harmony, and proportion as well as the ancients' methods, materials, and aesthetics. Authoritative translation by a distinguished Harvard professor.
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Review: The Ten Books on ArchitectureUser Review - Satvinder - Goodreads
This really is a treatise! Contrary to my original perception, the text isn't just comment on the appearance and classical orders of buildings; it is a comment on the whole field of architecture ... Read full review
Review: The Ten Books on ArchitectureUser Review - Ginariffic - Goodreads
I read it quickly for a paper I wrote for a history class. I am going to re-read it more carefully this summer. Read full review