Pirro Ligorio: The Renaissance Artist, Architect, and Antiquarian

Pirro Ligorio: The Renaissance Artist, Architect, and Antiquarian

by David R. Coffin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0271022930

ISBN-13: 9780271022932

Pub. Date: 12/01/2004

Publisher: Penn State University Press

Pirro Ligorio (1510–1583), an Italian architect and antiquarian who designed the Casino of Pius IV and large portions of the gardens of the Villa d’Este, has long been a notoriously elusive subject because of his daunting erudition and because his notebooks and drawings are in collections scattered throughout the world. In this book David R. Coffin, one

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Pirro Ligorio (1510–1583), an Italian architect and antiquarian who designed the Casino of Pius IV and large portions of the gardens of the Villa d’Este, has long been a notoriously elusive subject because of his daunting erudition and because his notebooks and drawings are in collections scattered throughout the world. In this book David R. Coffin, one of America’s leading experts on Renaissance architecture and landscape architecture, mobilizes all available published and unpublished materials to offer the first comprehensive account of Ligorio’s life and multifaceted career.

Coffin traces the unfolding of Ligorio’s life from his early years in Naples, to his work in Rome, where he served several popes and pored over Ancient ruins, through his residency in Ferrara as court antiquarian. In addition to illuminating Ligorio’s relationship to his patrons, Coffin sheds new light on Ligorio’s famed map of ancient Rome, a masterpiece that bears witness to Ligorio’s cartographic skills, his erudition, and his lifelong fascination with the eternal city. Copiously illustrated, Coffin’s biography includes a checklist of Ligorio’s drawings. It will be of interest to architectural historians, art historians, and all those involved with the study of Rome and of the classical heritage.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780271022932
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Publication date:
12/01/2004
Pages:
242
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.66(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations

Preface

Abbreviations

Introduction

1. Early Years in Rome

2. Ligorio in Papal Employ

The Papacy of Paul IV (1555–1559)

The Papacy of Pius IV (1559–1565)

The Papacy of Pius V (1566–1572)

3. The Villa d’Este at Tivoli

4. Ligorio in Ferrara

Epilogue

Appendixes

I. House Facades at Rome Painted by Ligorio

II. Documents

III. The So-Called Palazzetto di Pirro Ligorio

IV. Figural and Ornamental Drawings of Pirro Ligorio

Checklist of Figural and Ornamental Drawings of Pirro Ligorio

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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