25° International Seminar on Architectural History
Giovanni Giocondo umanista, architetto e antiquario
Vicenza, palazzo Barbarano. 10 - 12 June 2010
by Pierre Gros and Pier Nicola Pagliara


Fra Giocondo is undoubtedly one the most distinguished, as well as most mysterious, historical figures of the Humanist movement that existed at the end of the 15th and early 16th centuries. His contribution to the knowledge of ancient architecture and to the rediscovery of classical works –foremost among these, Vitruvius’ De Architectura– is increasingly receiving scholarly consideration today. Over the past few decades, important research in various disciplines has noticeably provided greater understanding in the fields Giocondo excelled in: studies on Vitruvius, epigraphical and antiquarian studies, engineering and architecture, as well as mathematics and philology. Nevertheless, essential questions concerning his first fifty years of life remain unanswered. Investigation on the reasons for his corrections to the traditional medieval Vitruvian treatise and concerning the nature of his attributed and original architectural projects is still required.

The Seminar intends to open the debate on many fundamental aspects of Giocondo’s work and to compare the results of the most recent studies made in the extensive, yet complimentary, disciplinary fields of: epigraphy, philology, architecture, engineering, and mathematics.

Guido Beltramini (CISA Andea Palladio), Francesco Benelli (Columbia University), Marco Buonocore (Biblioteca Vaticana), Howard Burns (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa), Louis Callebat (Université de Caen), Ian Campbell (Edinburgh College of Art),

Lucia Ciapponi (North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics),

Bianca De Divitiis (Scuola di Studi Avanzati, Venezia), Francesco Paolo Di Teodoro (Politecnico di Torino), Philippe Fleury (Université de Caen Basse-Normandie), Vincenzo Fontana (Università Ca’ Foscari, Venezia),

Pierre Gros (Université de Provence, Aix-en-Provence), Jean Guillaume (Universitè La Sorbonne), Frédérique Lemerle (Centre d’études supérieures de la Renaissance, Tours), James Mosley (University of Reading), Arnold Nesselrath (Musei Vaticani), Werner Oechslin (Politecnico di Zurigo), Pier Nicola Pagliara (Università di Roma Tre),

Vittorio Pizzigoni (Università di Trieste), Elisa Romano (Università di Pavia), Maria Teresa Sambin (Università IUAV di Venezia), Claudio Sgarbi (Modena), Adolfo Tura (École pratique des Hautes Études).