Carlo Scarpa, La nuova Sfinge, Collezione privata © Fondazione Querini Stampalia
The direct reference is to the classical tradition and Vitruvius, the ancient Roman architect and inventor of this juxtaposition which has enjoyed such success in the history of art. In De Architectura he compares the human body to a construction, and from this comparison he makes a series of affirmations which over time have facilitated the understanding of terms such as proportion, symmetry and harmony.
“Giulio Romano’s I Modi and the ‘Modi’ of Carlo Scarpa and Álvaro Siza”
March 11– May 15, 2016
Fondazione Querini Stampalia
Santa Maria Formosa
Castello 5252, Venice
Inspired by Vitruvian thought, many great architects, particularly those more gifted in the art of drawing, have experienced the moment in which the pleasure of depicting the human anatomy takes on an erotic value. A drawing, the first appearance of the process which attributes a form to the substance, can indicate the establishment of a sensual relationship between the architect’s hand, the graphic support and the tools used. (more…)