Los diez libros de arquitectura (Ten Books on Architecture) of Vitruvius (probably written between the years 23 and 27 a.) is the first written treatise on architecture that is known. Marco Vitruvio Pollio (Marcus Vitruvius Pollio) was a Roman architect, writer, engineer and traitor from the 1st century BC.
Inspired by Hellenistic theorists, the work deals with orders, materials, decorative techniques, construction, types of buildings, hydraulic and mechanical.
De Architectura, known and used in the Middle Ages, was reissued in Rome in 1486, offering Renaissance artists, imbued with admiration for the virtues of the classical culture of the time, a privileged channel through which to reproduce the forms Architectures of Greco-Latin antiquity. Still today it constitutes an irreplaceable documentary source, also for the information that it contributes to the Greek and Roman painting and sculpture. The famous drawing of Leonardo da Vinci, the Vitruvian Man on the proportions of man is based on the indications given in this work.
Vitruvius also worked for the army of Julio César as a war machine engineer and even traveled with the Roman legions in campaigns through Gaul and Spain.
The starting point of this edition is the translation of the Latin that in 1787 made the Real Printing, under the direction of Joseph Ortiz and Sanz, presbyter. The engravings that accompanied the text were printed at the end of the work; We have thought it convenient to insert the different illustrations between the text, in order to make it as easy as possible to read it.
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