Aldrich, Henry; Smyth, Philip [Übers.]
The Elements Of Civil Architecture: According To Vitruvius And Other Ancients, And The Most Approved Practice Of Modern Authors, Especially Palladio — London, 1789 [Cicognara Nr. 395]

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INTRODUCTIONS

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thought more within the province of the Architect
than that of the Painter. Happy for the works of
the present day that the analogy has shifted !

Baldassare Peruzzi,6 son of Antonio, of a no-
ble family in Sienna, was in his infancy carried by
his father into retirement at Volterra, from the civil
broils of his native distridh This city of. refuge
being afterwards hacked, the family returned in in-
digence to its original settlement at Sienna. Our
young Artist, initiated in Geometry and Perspective,
applied to Design and Painting for subsisience, with
uncommon credit: but, to indulge his genius, and
enlarge his means of living, soon joined the study of
Architedlure to his former pursuits, and with equal
success.—Rome is the general resort os all who cul-
tivate the fine arts with desire of excellence. Bal-
dassfare found a warm patron there in Agostino Chigi,
for whom he built a palace alia Lungara/ which,
having since passed to the serene house os Farnese,
now goes by the name of the Farnesma. There he
moreover displayed the magic of his pencil, in a
manner that deceived and astoni fined even Titian.
Monsignor Bottari, in a note to the Neapolitan edi-
tion of Vasari, affirms, that all these paintings of
Peruzzi, excepting some clair-obscures on outwalls,
were in good preservation in 17^9, and the painted
cornices Fill os a relies that deceived every unap-
prized speblator.

Transferring himself, for a while, to Bologna, he

c BaldasTare Peruzzi, born 1481, died 1^36, set. 55,

* A.’D, 1518, See Elements, PI. 54. fig. 2.

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