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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iresses of the Venetian territories. In this journey,
his very attentive observation of those objeCts caused
him to be taken up sor a spy at Padua: but his in-
nocence of the charge being soon proved, and his
ability recognized, he was strongly pressed to en-
gage in the service of the Republic. This invitation
his obligations to the Pope would not permit him, at
that time, to accept. The selicitations, however,
of the Republic, added to his own, procured him,
not long after, leave to retire from his employments
under the holy see, to adorn and defend his country.

His fellow citizens, with much appearance os rea-
son, aseribe to Sanmicheli the invention os the im-
proved mode of fortisication now in use; though
the French have done themselves the honour of it,
and sew of the Italians suspeCt that it originated with
a national of their own. He first introduced the
pentagonal bastion, with ssat faces and ssanks, where-
as those before in use were either round or square;
and it is pretended that the dawn and progress of
this improvement may be traced in the bastions of
his construCtion at Verona, beginning with that delle
Maddalene, ereCted in 1527, wherein, it is said, that
the expiring old manner and the new-born amend-
ment are both observable. Count Pompei gives
this distinguiflied Engineer the surther credit of the
Orilion Bastion (Baloardo con gli Orecchioni) and
other inventions, which have been only modified by
succeeding military Architects. These new methods
he applied in the sortifications of Legnago, Orzi
Nuovo, Castello, &c4 Upon the apprehension os a

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