The trattato as textbook : Francesco di Giorgio’s vision for the Renaissance architect

  title={The trattato as textbook : Francesco di Giorgio’s vision for the Renaissance architect},
  author={Elizabeth Merrill},
  journal={Architectural Histories},
In fifteenth-century Italy, the architect’s role lacked definition. The classical conception of the architect — the distinguished professional lauded by Vitruvius and Cicero, as theoretically versed as he was technically skilled — had faded in the medieval period. Even the term ‘ architectus ’, with its powerful connotations of creation and authorship, had fallen out of use (Kostof 1977: 60–61). Furthermore, there was no standard of training or apprenticeship for the architect. Depending on the… 

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