Parution : D. Donetti, C. Rachele, Building with Paper: The Materiality of Renaissance Architectural Drawings, Turnhout, Brepols, 2021

Against the scholarly tendency to treat architectural disegno in highly intellectualized terms, the essays collected in this volume offer a new perspective on this early modern practice, by reinserting it into the messy Lebenswelten of the architectural workshop and the building site.

The introduction of paper is one of the major innovations of Early Modern architecture, and it had profound effects on its design processes. Wider use of paper changed representational conventions, while communication networks were affected by the many implications of portability and reproducibility: circulation of models for study and design increased, and new possibilities of remote control of the building site emerged. The material dimensions of these practices are the subject of the present volume, which collects essays that engage with the manifold inter- and multi-medial complexities of Italian Renaissance architectural drawings on paper.

Dario Donetti is Collegiate Assistant Professor Renaissance and Contemporary Architecture at the University of Chicago.

Cara Rachele received her Ph.D in art history from Harvard University in 2015. She is a specialist in early modern Italian architecture.


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