Printing as Architecture: Antonio Urceo Codro on Aldus Manutius

Margolis, Oren ORCID: (2020) Printing as Architecture: Antonio Urceo Codro on Aldus Manutius. Medioevo e Rinascimento, 33. pp. 145-156. ISSN 0394-7858

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As is well known, Aldus Manutius published one of the most famous architectural books of the Italian Renaissance, Francesco Colonna’s Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. But the Bolognese humanist Antonio Urceo Codro described Aldus himself as an ‘architect’, and this article explores what he meant by that. Identifying Codro’s ancient literary and philosophical sources (above all, Plato’s Statesman) reveals an intellectualising approach to artistic labour consistent with a wider discourse around the Aldine Press that included amongst its contributors Colonna and (later) also Erasmus, and was concerned in the end with elevating printing to the status of liberal art.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: italian renaissance,humanism,architectural theory,renaissance art,erasmus,hypnerotomachia poliphili,printing press,arts and humanities (miscellaneous),classics,history,visual arts and performing arts ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1200/1201
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2020 07:52
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2022 06:07


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