early Renaissance intellectual method of considering past achievement but if

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early Renaissance intellectual method of considering past achievement but, if anything, to the empathetic attitudes of the later mannerists Pirro Ligorio and Baldassarre Peruzzi, whom Piranesi extolled by name. Piranesi acknowledged the divergence of his images from Vitruvian and Palladian views on ancient architecture. He begs us to understand that in antiquity, as much as among the moderns, architects fruitfully diverged from their works of theory into realms of unfettered imagination to open a dialog between past and present.As Vico proposed, myths, fantasy, and individual genius were fundamental in reviving a dimension of historical truth. Both Vico and Piranesi demonstrated that the heroic origins of Roman magnificence, both moral and formal, lay in Etruscan, Italic virtue, not the Greco-Vitruvian classical tradition. 49 the challenge of tradition, 1750–1900
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the architecture of modern italy 1.15 Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Ruins of the Forum of Nerva, Rome. From Vedute di Roma , c. 1748 1.16 Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Invenzioni capric[ciosi] di carceri , plate XIV , 1760
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Piranesi was, as few others, a profound architectural thinker on the past who was also an active creator in the present, both archeologist and artist, analyzer and synthesizer of his cultural heritage. His Invenzioni capric[ciosi] di carceri are an example of this unique fusion. Fourteen plates first produced in 1745 on the popular stage theme of prison scenes were drawn from his rich experience of ruins to forge a poetic architectural vision without precedent.These experiments in the visualization of architectural space press to radical conclusions the compositional, or decompositional, impulses unleashed by his training in scenography.“Before terror, audacity grows,” reads an equivocal inscription in the etching.The Carceri are not conventional perspective scenes. Piranesi disintegrates the traditional quantitative control of space by collapsing Euclidean geometry.The scenes are characterized by multiple viewpoints, random episodes, spatial distortions, an ambiguity of scale, and disproportionate fragments. Robert Adam, the young English architect then in Rome, described them as “amazing and ingenious fantasies...the greatest fund for inspiring and instilling in any lover of architecture that can be imagined.” Piranesi’s vertiginous visions liberate the mind from the traditional architectural order in a systematic critique of the syntax of architecture itself. Piranesi’s contemporaries, however, engaged him on a more prosaic level.Among the scholars and architects re-evaluating antiquity’s heritage, two foreigners, Julien-David Leroy and Johann Joachim Winckelmann, stand out in polemical contrast to Piranesi for their arguments of the superiority of Greek artistic culture to any Roman derivation.The Greco-Roman controversy was a debate on the origins of architecture tinged by the aesthetic shift from the rococo toward an astringency of taste. It also took on nationalist meaning. Piranesi pugnaciously defended Roman genius
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