Groundbreaking architecture: Leonardo da Vinci's personal copy of the famous treatise by Francesco di Giorgio Martini

Treatise on Architecture by Francesco di Giorgio Martini

Urbino (Italy) — Around 1480

Treatise on Architecture by Francesco di Giorgio Martini

Treatise on Architecture by Francesco di Giorgio Martini

Urbino (Italy) — Around 1480

  1. Francesco di Giorgio Martini (1439-1501) was a universal genius who wrote two seminal architectural essays

  2. This is Leonardo da Vinci's (1452-1519) personal copy

  3. It features numerous marginal notes and sketches from the hand of Leonardo

Treatise on Architecture by Francesco di Giorgio Martini

Alternative Titles:
  • Trattato di Architettura di Francesco di Giorgio Martini
  • Codex Ashburnham 361
  • Traktat über Architektur von Francesco di Giorgio Martini
Treatise on Architecture by Francesco di Giorgio Martini – Ms. 282 (Ashburnham 361) – Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana (Florence, Italy)
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Leonardo’s personal specimen of one of the first complete architectural treatises of the Italian Renaissance: the Trattato di Architettura civile e militare by the universal artist Francesco di Giorgio Martini, originating ca. 1480 at the court of Federico da Montefeltro in Urbino. The specimen from Leonardo’s library, which is stored today in the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana in Urbino, is a valuable testimony to the history of architectural theory in Italy!

Treatise on Architecture by Francesco di Giorgio Martini

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), the famous universal genius of the Italian Renaissance, frequently concerned himself with architecture in his impressive oeuvre. The foundations of this can probably be found in the influential architectural treatise by Francesco di Giorgio Martini, which presumably had a deep impact on him as a young man. This personal specimen of Leonardo’s is stored in the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana in Florence, the only book that is preserved from his private collection! The treatise features numerous pages with marginal notes and sketches from Leonardo’s hand, which probably originated in the year 1506.

A Forgotten Universal Genius?

Francesco di Giorgio Martini (1439-1501) was a significant personality of the Italian Renaissance. He was active both as a painter and sculptor as well as an architect and architectural theorist, and in doing so stands in the tradition of the great universal artists. Even if his practical artistic creations no longer survive today, his significance should not be underestimated. Francesco di Giorgio Martini was the author of two groundbreaking architectural treatises. Additionally, he made a model for the construction of the Cathedral of Milan’s dome.

In the Service of the Duke of Urbino

The famous treatise on architecture is considered to be one of the earliest tractates on architecture during the Italian Renaissance. It originated around 1480 in Urbino, where Francesco di Giorgio Martini was active at the court of Federico da Montafeltro, the Duke of Urbino. While there, Martini was entrusted with the completion of the Palazzo Ducale – highlighting his prestige as an architect. His Trattato di Architettura is divided into two parts: civil and military architecture. The executions of these subject areas are richly illustrated with detailed architectural depictions and details.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Trattato di Architettura di Francesco di Giorgio Martini
Codex Ashburnham 361
Traktat über Architektur von Francesco di Giorgio Martini
Size / Format
108 pages / 39.5 x 26.8 cm
Date
Around 1480
Language
Artist / School
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1 available facsimile edition(s) of „Treatise on Architecture by Francesco di Giorgio Martini“

Trattato di architettura di Francesco di Giorgio Martini
Treatise on Architecture by Francesco di Giorgio Martini – Ms. 282 (Ashburnham 361) – Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana (Florence, Italy)
Treatise on Architecture by Francesco di Giorgio Martini – Ms. 282 (Ashburnham 361) – Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana (Florence, Italy)
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Trattato di architettura di Francesco di Giorgio Martini

1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size)
Publisher
Giunti Editore – Florence, 1979
Binding
Quarter leather and laid paper boards, with deluxe slipcase
Commentary
1 volume by Luigi Firpo, Pietro C. Marani, Massimo Mussini
Language: Italian
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Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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