Travel Notebook of Vincenzo Scamozzi

Travel Notebook of Vincenzo Scamozzi

A cross between an architectural sketchbook and a travelogue: the notes of one of Italy's greatest architects, rediscovered in 1959

  1. Vicentino Vincenzo Scamozzi (1548–1616) was second only to the great Andrea Palladio (1508–80) among Venetian architects

  2. The two are connected by the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza – begun under Pallladio and completed under Scamozzi

  3. This notebook represents one of the important discoveries of historic manuscripts made during the 20th century

Travel Notebook of Vincenzo Scamozzi

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Travel Notebook of Vincenzo Scamozzi

This fine manuscript is a mixture between an architectural sketchbook and a travelogue, which takes the reader on a journey from Paris to Venice. It is essentially a visual survey of life in Western Europe ca. 1600 and a sample of the genius of Renaissance Venice’s greatest architect.

Travel Notebook of Vincenzo Scamozzi

While returning from a long Parisian sojourn in 1600, the architect Vicentino Vincenzo Scamozzi (1548–1616) described and illustrated the wonderful architectural features he saw along his route to Italy. His sketches, mostly depicting churches and cathedrals, consist of both floor plans and blue prints as well as gorgeous depictions of the buildings’ façades and interiors. Scamozzi was a native of Vicenza and was active there and in the Republic of Venice for most of his career. The numerous architectural monuments for which he is responsible mark him as the most important figure of Venetian architecture, second only to the great Andrea Palladio (1508–80). The two architects are connected by the Teatro Olimpico, a theater in Vicenza. Its construction was begun under Palladio, but he died only six months into the theater’s construction, and thus it had to be finished under a young Scamozzi between 1580 and 1585. This notebook, which is currently stored in the Civic Museum of Vicenza, long lay undiscovered and did not surface until 1959, counting it among the important discoveries of historic manuscripts made during the 20th century.

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Alternative Titles
Das Reisenotizbuch von Vicenzo Scamozzi

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Travel Notebook of Vincenzo Scamozzi – Musei Civici di Vicenza - Gabinetto dei Disegni e Stampe (Vicenza, Italy)
Nova Charta – Venice, 2009
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Cross Section of a Church Interior

This detailed sketch depicts the interior view of the narthex or entrance lobby of a church with a large rose window over the main portal, which would typically be west facing so that the altar is pointed towards Jerusalem. A row of columns separates the central nave from the aisles on each side and also supports the windows of the clerestory – the upper level of the nave designed to provide additional light and ventilation that is often supported by flying buttresses.

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Travel Notebook of Vincenzo Scamozzi

Foundations of a Stone Bridge

The construction of stone bridges during the Middle Ages was one of the most complicated feats of engineering at the time but was well worth the effort due to the economic advantages a city would enjoy. This was not only due to the flow of trade that would be directed toward that location, but armies were usually forced to pay tolls for the luxury of crossing over a river with ease.

The piers or upright supports of the bridge are constructed by first driving wooden pylons into the riverbed to create a so-called cofferdam, which allows the water in the enclosed area to be pumped out, exposing the muddy bottom. Once it is dry, the stone piers of the bridge can then be built inside of these structures with the help of cranes.

Travel Notebook of Vincenzo Scamozzi
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Nova Charta – Venice, 2009
Travel Notebook of Vincenzo Scamozzi – Musei Civici di Vicenza - Gabinetto dei Disegni e Stampe (Vicenza, Italy)
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Publisher: Nova Charta – Venice, 2009
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