Friday, 28 July 2017

Own work: Dietterlin

Finally a new post!  Apologies for my absence; I've been having problems with my pc.  Here is my latest painting a Doric arch from the 'Architectura' ('Architectura: Von Austheilung, Symmetria und Proportion der Funff Seulen ') of Walter Dietterlin the Elder (1550 - 1599).  Dietterlin's treatise which was originally published in two parts was immensely influential in Northern Europe.  Elizabethan and Jacobean buildings are peppered with his decorative details.  I suppose that purist classical architects and architectural historians decry such stuff (and some of it is quite mad), but given a choice between Inigo Jones and Dietterlin I'd definitely choose the latter.  Much more fun.


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