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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INTRODUCTION. xlvii

asterwards executed, at Florence, in Tarda, a sort
of mosaic of differently coloured woods, sormed in-
to iandscapes, architecture, and other picturesque re-
presentations.

The paisage was easy, from a deep acquaintance
with geometry, perspe&ive and design, to Architec-
ture. Vitruvius he had carefully studied. Yet the
attention, he bellowed on that first of Authors in
this Science, served but to convince him, that sorne-
thing more than writing could teach was wanted to
form the real architect. Where to seek this the cus-
tom of all his antecessors in that profession had in-
formed him. Arrived in Rome, he endeavoured
to maintain himsels as before by his pencil, with
a success by no means equal to his industry; and
theresore, throwing aside the pallet in disgust, he
sought a new resource in measuring the antient re-
mains for the Academy of Architecture, newly set
on foot in Rome. This employment, conducive
alike to his subsistence and improvement, engaged
his attention so strongly as, probably, to have given
birth to the Treatise on the five Orders under his
name; which all conversant with this study mull
have read, and same prefer to whatever else has been
written on the subjeCt.* He next became assistant, in
the Belvedere, to Giacomo Melinghini of Ferrara,
an excellent architect; and was allowed to frequent
the meetings of the Academy os Architecture, where

* Vignola’s Orders have palled many editions and transsations.
The Italian one at Venice 1570, is an early one, if not the first.

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