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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It Is externally of a pentagonal sorm, flanked by
sive baitions, in manner to give it the commanding
air of a fortress. When you have passed the en-
trance, the area within is circular, and the fabric
rises by two (lories of porticos. One side of the
pentagon Is occupied by a grand loggia and slair-
case; and in the other four there are, on each (lory.,
sour great apartments complete 3 which are kept free
from all communication by means of the porticos.,
that run round the great circular court. More de-
tailed descriptions of this maslerpiece of a great
mailer may be seen in Vasari, Danti; and, with de-
ligns of the whole and the parts, in D’Aviler’s Cours
d’Archite&ure. It may, however, be useful to add,
that this palace is no less respeCtable sor the paint-
ings of the Zuccari (hislorical of the Farnese family)
and the perspeCtives os Vignola that adorn it, than,
for its architecture. Mons. D. Barbaro, upon a cri-
tical survey of the whole, for which he was emi-
nently qualified, is said to have exclaimed—Vincit
■pr^Jentia famam.g

Aster the death os Michel Angelo, Barozzi was
declared Architect of St. Peter’s,,, and in that ossice
ereCted the two lateral cupolas with the mosl agree-
able effeCt. When the Baron Berardino Martirani
arrived in Rome from Spain, to colleCt designs for
the Escurial, and had got together twenty-two by
the moil eminent architects os Italy, he (hewed the
whole collection to Vignola 3 who, judiciously seleCt-


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