Drawing and the Making of Architecture

Dario Donetti

Anonymous Italian: Raphael’s Project for St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, 1518 ca., pen and ink on paper, 208 x 145 mm (Codex Mellon, f. 71v-72r). New York, The Pierpont Morgan Library, no. 1978.44

My research focuses on the study of architectural drawing, interpreted as a distinct form of non-verbal thinking: one that reveals the «allographic» (Goodman 1968) nature of the art of building and its dependence on a system of notation. The study spans a wide range of exemplary cases: on the one hand, sixteenth-century examples like the Sangallo family or the circles of Michelangelo Buonarroti and Raffaello Sanzio; on the other, in-depth studies of the Italian Novecento, including Fascist analogical methods of representation and the visual experiments of the radical groups of the 1960s. This process-oriented approach to the history of architecture aims to illuminate its modes of production by taking into account such factors as the organization of work, the strict relationship between financial strategies and measurable products, and the crucial factor of time management.


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