The Relation Between Architectural Forms and Philosophical Structures in the Work of Francesco Borromini in Seventeenth-century Rome

The Relation Between Architectural Forms and Philosophical Structures in the Work of Francesco Borromini in Seventeenth-century Rome

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This work introduces a new interpretation of the work of Borromini and of architecture in general in its analysis of the relation between architectural forms and philosophical structures, often literally translated in Borromini's work through philosophical diagrams and symbols circulating in 17th century Rome in texts by writers such as Nicolas Cusanus and Athanasius Kircher.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 160 x 233.7 x 22.9mm | 635.04g
  • Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • bibliography, index
  • 0773469958
  • 9780773469952

Table of contents

List of Illustrations vii Preface xi Introduction 1 Precedent and Setting 1. Renaissance Precedent: Leon Battista Alberti 13 2. The Structure of the Cosmos in the Baroque 33 3. The Neoplatonic Idea at the Accademia di San Luca 63 Philosophical Structures in the Architecture of Borromini 4. Syncretism and Architectural Syntax 89 5. The Structuring of the Conceptual Process 103 6. Athanasius Kircher and Hermeticism 123 7. Esoteric Symbols of Hermetic and Neoplatonic Philosophy 141 8. Light, Vision and Numerology 167 9. The Transmutation of Geometries 179 Philosophical Origins 10. Neoplatonic Philosophy 199 11. Presocratic Origins 221 Bibliography 247 Index 255
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