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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than that of ancestry. He was, molt probably, bora
same years earlier than the middle of the fifteenth
century, the commonly assigned date of his nativity.
To what religious society he belonged has been mat-
ter of further controversy; some calling him a Do-
minican, others a Franciscan. The very accurate
Marquis J. Poleni,m after Rating the varying autho-
rities on this point, endeavours to adjust the diffe-
rences by supposing him firsl a Dominican; after-
wards to have quitted that order, and lived in the
world as a secular priest; and to have finally joined
the society of the Franciscans. No man of his time
was superior to him as a Divine, Philosopher, Ma-
thematician, or polite Scholar. All the arts of desigti
he possesTed in an eminent degree : in Architecture
he was consummate. At an early age he visited
Rome and its adjacencies; where he applied him-
sels with lingular industry to all the remains of anti-
quity. One fruit of this application was a volume
of collections, he presented to Lorenzo de’ Medici,
mentioned by Politian,n with high commendation of
the author. This is said to have contained more
than 2000 inscriptions. The original volume is
missing: but the libraries os the learned Marquis
Scipio Mafsiei at Verona, and that of Magliabecchi
at Florence, have copies of it. He resided some
time in Germany, with the emperor Maximilian, by
whom he was much esteemed. Invited by Lewis XII
into France, among other buildings sor that sove-

m Exercit. Vitruv. primae, p. 21,

n Miscellan, Cent.:. Cap. 77. edit. Ascenlii, fol. CLIIII,

reign.
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