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Pregnant Columns. From Word To Shape

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The association between Architectura civilis and Architectura navalis has long fed the imagination of historians. This chapter focuses on the geometric constructions that have been proposed to convey the curvature assigned to a column's profile. The Serlio method gradually became a huge success and reappeared later, in an identical or almost identical form, in works by Coecke van Aelst and Barbaro, among others. The most well-known and widespread methods for defining and tracing entasis are: Serlio and Vignolas geometric constructions, and the Cataneo-Palladio tracing method.

Keywords: Architectura civilis; Architectura navalis; Entasis; serlio method



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