|Title: ||Concinnitas in the architectural theory and practice of Leon Battista Alberti.|
|Authors: ||Tavernor, Robert William|
|Issue Date: ||12-Nov-1985|
|Abstract: ||In his treatise on architecture, de re aedificatoria,
Leon Battista Alberti (1404 - 72) described Beauty in architecture as concinnitas: a harmony or congruity of the various parts of a building assembled according to principles :summarised
by three categories of numerus, finitio and collocatio .
This term has been interpreted variously and most famously in
recent times by Rudolph Wittkower. Starting with his and other
scholars' interpretations, this dissertation proposes a new
definition for concinnitas based on studies of Alberti's
architectural theory and practice and the work of his contemporaries.
Chapters 1, 3 and 4 of the dissertation focus on the
application of numerus and finitio in Alberti's architectural
practice and observations made here are supported by separate
historical studies of the buildings (be found in the appendices) and survey drawings (bound together at the end of the
dissertation). Chapter two is a study of the symbolic references, traditions and themes which appear to underlie the
design of centralised churches and points raised here are expanded
in later chapters. The third category, collocatio, is
examined in the final chapters when the continuity of tradition
in Alberti's approach to architecture is outlined within the framework of the city and the urban ensemble of church, palace, piazza and loggia.|
|Appears in Collections:||Theses - Architecture|
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