Becoming an Architect in Renaissance Italy Art, Science, and the Career of Baldassarre Peruzzi Ann C. Huppert

Publication date:
24 Jun 2015
Yale University Press
224 pages: 279 x 229mm
35 color + 140 b-w illus.
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A leading architect of the Italian Renaissance, Baldassarre Peruzzi (1481–1536) has, until now, been a little-known, enigmatic figure. A paucity of biographical documentation and a modest number of surviving buildings, coupled with an undeservedly critical assessment by Giorgio Vasari (1511–1574), have long cast Peruzzi’s career in shadow. With Becoming an Architect in Renaissance Italy, Ann C. Huppert taps into a known, but neglected resource—Peruzzi’s autograph drawings—and reveals the full scope and artistic mastery of Peruzzi’s work and its enduring influence.
Extraordinary not only in their beauty and design inventiveness, but also in the varied representational techniques and practical mathematics noted within them, Peruzzi’s drawings record an evolving artistic process. Reassessing his architectural masterworks, Huppert also explores lesser-known work: his studies of Roman antiquity, realized paintings and unrealized buildings, as well as engineering projects. Huppert shows that Peruzzi anticipated modern representational methods and scientific approaches in architecture, and pinpoints the moment when architecture began to emerge as a profession distinct from the other arts.

Ann C. Huppert is associate professor of architectural history in the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington in Seattle.

“[Huppert] writes with crystalline clarity and is a close reader of architectural drawings. This handsome Yale production is now the book to have for English readers on a central figure of the Roman Renaissance.”—Joseph Connors, Renaissance Quarterly

“Ann Huppert’s beautifully written and well-illustrated book . . . sheds long overdue insight into this worthy but undersung Renaissance architect and painter.”—Sara Nair James, The Sixteenth Century Journal