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.