The relation between architectural forms and philosophical structures in the work of Francesco Borromini in seventeenth-century Rome

Hendrix, John (2002) The relation between architectural forms and philosophical structures in the work of Francesco Borromini in seventeenth-century Rome. Mellen Studies in Architecture, 9 . Edwin Mellen Press, Lampeter, Wales. ISBN 0773469958

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Abstract

This work introduces a new interpretation of the work of Borromini and of architecture in general in its analysis of the relation between architectural forms and philosophical structures, often literally translated in Borromini's work through philosophical diagrams and symbols circulating in 17th century Rome in texts by writers such as Nicolas Cusanus and Athanasius Kircher.

Keywords: architecture, philosophy, Francesco Borromini (Oratorio di San Filippo Neri, San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane, Sant’Andrea delle Fratte, Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza), Rome, Renaissance, Leon Battista Alberti (Santa Maria Novella, Sant’Andrea in Mantua, De re aedificatoria, De pictura, De ludi matematici, De motibus ponderis), cosmos, Baroque, Neoplatonism, Neoplatonic Idea, Accademia di San Luca, Athanasius Kircher, Hermeticism, Franciscus Aguilonius (Optica), Romano Alberti (Origine et Progresso dell’Academia del Disegno), Albertina Museum, Galeazzo Alessi, Mariotto Alegri, Anaximander, Thomas Aquinas (On the Unity of the Intellect, Summa Theologica), Ristoro d’Arezzo (Composizione del mondo), Aristotle (De anima, Metaphysics, Rhetoric), Daniele Barbaro (I dieci libri dell’architettura di M Vitruvio), Papirio Bartoli, Francesco Barberini, Eugenio Battisti, Gianlorenzo Bernini (Ecstasy of Saint Theresa, Cappella Cornaro), Jacob Böhme (Theosophische Wercke), Fra Bonaventura, Orfeo Boselli (Osservazioni della Scultura Antica), Donato Bramante (Tempietto in San Pietro in Montorio), Filippo Breccioli, Andrea del Bregno, Giordano Bruno (Lampas trigenta statuarum), Johannes Theodore de Bry, Filippo Brunelleschi, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Giulio Camillo (Tutte le opere), Tomasso Campanella, Caravaggio, Ernst Cassirer (The Individual and the Cosmos in Renaissance Philosophy, The Renaissance Philosophy of Man), Collegio Romano, Antonio Correggio (Assumption of the Virgin), Pietro da Cortona (Santi Luca e Martina, Trattato della pittura e scultura, Allegorio del Tempio della Sapienza, Glorification of the Reign of Urban VIII), Nicolas Cusanus (De docta ignorantia, De Visione Dei, De circuli quadratura, De Staticis Experimentis, De coniecturis), René Descartes (Treatise of Man), Karl von Eckhartshausen (Zahlenlehre der Natur), Marcello Fagiolo, Marsilio Ficino (Theologia Platonica, De amore, Five Questions Concerning the Mind, Corpus Hermeticum, De Christiana religione), Robert Fludd (Microcosmi Historia), Domenico Fontana, Sigmund Freud (The Interpretation of Dreams), Galileo Galilei, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Giovanni Giocondo, Francesco di Giorgio (De Harmonia Mundi Totius), Orazio Grassi, Gregory of Nyssa (De Mystica Theologia), Guarino Guarini (Placita philosophica, Caelestis Mathematica, Euclides adauctus, San Lorenzo in Turin), Hermes Trismegistus, Hesiod (Theogony), Hildegard von Bingen (Scivias), Homer (Iliad, Odyssey), Horapollo (Hieroglyphica), Immanuel Kant (Critique of Pure Reason), Johannes Kepler (Harmonices mundi libri), Athanasius Kircher (Ars Magna Lucis et Umbrae, Musurgia Universalis, Obeliscus Pamphilius, Primitiae Gnomonicae Catropticae, Prodromus Coptus Sive Aegyptiacus, Oedipus Aegyptiacus, Obeliscus Aegyptiacus, Arithmologia), Paul Oskar Kristeller (Renaissance Thought and Its Sources), Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (Monadology), Gian Paolo Lomazzo (Idea del Tempio della Pittura, Trattato dell’arte della pittura), Cristoforo Lombardo, Carlo Maderno, Paolo Maruscelli, Giulio Mazzoni, Giovanni Battista Montano (Varij Tempietti Antichi), Lionello Neppi (Palazzo Spada), Filippo Neri, Domenico Ottonelli, Luca Pacioli (Divina proportione), Palazzo Barberini, Palazzo Spada, Andrea Palladio, Erwin Panofsky (Studies in Iconology; Renaissance and Renascences in Western Art; Idea, A Concept in Art Theory), Francesco Patrizi (New Universal Philosophy, Peripatetic Discussions), Raynaldo Perugini (La Memoria Creativa), Alessandro Piccolomini (De la sfera del mundo), Giovanni Pico della Mirandola (Oration on the Dignity of Man, Heptaplus), Leros Pittoni (La Roma di Borromini, Francesco Borromini L’Iniziato), Plato (Republic, Timaeus, Phaedo, Phaedrus, Parmenides, Laws), Platonic Academy, Plotinus (Enneads), Pietro Pomponazzi (On the Immortality of the Soul), Giacomo della Porta, Paolo Portoghesi (Francesco Borromini), Nicolas Poussin, Andrea Pozzo (Missionary Work of the Jesuits), Proclus, Pseudo-Dionysius (Celestial Hierarchy, Mystical Theology, Epistles, Divine Names), Pythagoras, Martin del Rio (Disquisitionum magicarum), Cesare Ripa (Iconologia), Valerio Rivosecchi (Esotismo in Roma Barocca), Giuseppe Rosaccio (Teatro del Cielo e della terra), Annibale Roselli (Pimander), Giovanni Rucellai, San Giovanni dei Fiorentini, San Giovanni in Laterano, San Pietro, San Pietro in Vincoli, San Sebastiano, Santa Maria della Vittoria, Santa Maria Maggiore, Raffaello Sanzio (Villa Madama, School of Athens), Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph von Schelling (Ideas for a Philosophy of Nature), Sebastiano Serlio (Five Books of Architecture), Bernardino Spada, Virgilio Spada, Benedict de Spinoza, Leo Steinberg (Borromini’s San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane: A Study in Multiple Form and Architectural Symbolism), Manfredo Tafuri (The Sphere and the Labyrinth), Paolo Toscanelli, Piero Valeriano (Hieroglyphica), Giorgio Vasari (Lives of the Most Eminent Painters, Sculptors and Architects), Villa Doria Pamphili, Bernardo Vittone (Istruzioni diverse, Istruzioni elementari, Cappella della Visitazione in Vallinotto, Church of the Assumption in Grignasco, San Bernardino in Chieri, San Gaetano in Nice, San Michele in Borgo d’Ale, Santa Chiara in Bra), Vitruvius (On Architecture), Rudolf Wittkower (Art and Architecture in Italy, Architectural Principles in the Age of Humanism, Studies in the Italian Baroque), Frances Yates (Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition), Federico Zuccari (L’Idea dei Pittori, Scultori e Architetti)

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Additional Information:This work introduces a new interpretation of the work of Borromini and of architecture in general in its analysis of the relation between architectural forms and philosophical structures, often literally translated in Borromini's work through philosophical diagrams and symbols circulating in 17th century Rome in texts by writers such as Nicolas Cusanus and Athanasius Kircher. Keywords: architecture, philosophy, Francesco Borromini (Oratorio di San Filippo Neri, San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane, Sant’Andrea delle Fratte, Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza), Rome, Renaissance, Leon Battista Alberti (Santa Maria Novella, Sant’Andrea in Mantua, De re aedificatoria, De pictura, De ludi matematici, De motibus ponderis), cosmos, Baroque, Neoplatonism, Neoplatonic Idea, Accademia di San Luca, Athanasius Kircher, Hermeticism, Franciscus Aguilonius (Optica), Romano Alberti (Origine et Progresso dell’Academia del Disegno), Albertina Museum, Galeazzo Alessi, Mariotto Alegri, Anaximander, Thomas Aquinas (On the Unity of the Intellect, Summa Theologica), Ristoro d’Arezzo (Composizione del mondo), Aristotle (De anima, Metaphysics, Rhetoric), Daniele Barbaro (I dieci libri dell’architettura di M Vitruvio), Papirio Bartoli, Francesco Barberini, Eugenio Battisti, Gianlorenzo Bernini (Ecstasy of Saint Theresa, Cappella Cornaro), Jacob Böhme (Theosophische Wercke), Fra Bonaventura, Orfeo Boselli (Osservazioni della Scultura Antica), Donato Bramante (Tempietto in San Pietro in Montorio), Filippo Breccioli, Andrea del Bregno, Giordano Bruno (Lampas trigenta statuarum), Johannes Theodore de Bry, Filippo Brunelleschi, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Giulio Camillo (Tutte le opere), Tomasso Campanella, Caravaggio, Ernst Cassirer (The Individual and the Cosmos in Renaissance Philosophy, The Renaissance Philosophy of Man), Collegio Romano, Antonio Correggio (Assumption of the Virgin), Pietro da Cortona (Santi Luca e Martina, Trattato della pittura e scultura, Allegorio del Tempio della Sapienza, Glorification of the Reign of Urban VIII), Nicolas Cusanus (De docta ignorantia, De Visione Dei, De circuli quadratura, De Staticis Experimentis, De coniecturis), René Descartes (Treatise of Man), Karl von Eckhartshausen (Zahlenlehre der Natur), Marcello Fagiolo, Marsilio Ficino (Theologia Platonica, De amore, Five Questions Concerning the Mind, Corpus Hermeticum, De Christiana religione), Robert Fludd (Microcosmi Historia), Domenico Fontana, Sigmund Freud (The Interpretation of Dreams), Galileo Galilei, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Giovanni Giocondo, Francesco di Giorgio (De Harmonia Mundi Totius), Orazio Grassi, Gregory of Nyssa (De Mystica Theologia), Guarino Guarini (Placita philosophica, Caelestis Mathematica, Euclides adauctus, San Lorenzo in Turin), Hermes Trismegistus, Hesiod (Theogony), Hildegard von Bingen (Scivias), Homer (Iliad, Odyssey), Horapollo (Hieroglyphica), Immanuel Kant (Critique of Pure Reason), Johannes Kepler (Harmonices mundi libri), Athanasius Kircher (Ars Magna Lucis et Umbrae, Musurgia Universalis, Obeliscus Pamphilius, Primitiae Gnomonicae Catropticae, Prodromus Coptus Sive Aegyptiacus, Oedipus Aegyptiacus, Obeliscus Aegyptiacus, Arithmologia), Paul Oskar Kristeller (Renaissance Thought and Its Sources), Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (Monadology), Gian Paolo Lomazzo (Idea del Tempio della Pittura, Trattato dell’arte della pittura), Cristoforo Lombardo, Carlo Maderno, Paolo Maruscelli, Giulio Mazzoni, Giovanni Battista Montano (Varij Tempietti Antichi), Lionello Neppi (Palazzo Spada), Filippo Neri, Domenico Ottonelli, Luca Pacioli (Divina proportione), Palazzo Barberini, Palazzo Spada, Andrea Palladio, Erwin Panofsky (Studies in Iconology; Renaissance and Renascences in Western Art; Idea, A Concept in Art Theory), Francesco Patrizi (New Universal Philosophy, Peripatetic Discussions), Raynaldo Perugini (La Memoria Creativa), Alessandro Piccolomini (De la sfera del mundo), Giovanni Pico della Mirandola (Oration on the Dignity of Man, Heptaplus), Leros Pittoni (La Roma di Borromini, Francesco Borromini L’Iniziato), Plato (Republic, Timaeus, Phaedo, Phaedrus, Parmenides, Laws), Platonic Academy, Plotinus (Enneads), Pietro Pomponazzi (On the Immortality of the Soul), Giacomo della Porta, Paolo Portoghesi (Francesco Borromini), Nicolas Poussin, Andrea Pozzo (Missionary Work of the Jesuits), Proclus, Pseudo-Dionysius (Celestial Hierarchy, Mystical Theology, Epistles, Divine Names), Pythagoras, Martin del Rio (Disquisitionum magicarum), Cesare Ripa (Iconologia), Valerio Rivosecchi (Esotismo in Roma Barocca), Giuseppe Rosaccio (Teatro del Cielo e della terra), Annibale Roselli (Pimander), Giovanni Rucellai, San Giovanni dei Fiorentini, San Giovanni in Laterano, San Pietro, San Pietro in Vincoli, San Sebastiano, Santa Maria della Vittoria, Santa Maria Maggiore, Raffaello Sanzio (Villa Madama, School of Athens), Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph von Schelling (Ideas for a Philosophy of Nature), Sebastiano Serlio (Five Books of Architecture), Bernardino Spada, Virgilio Spada, Benedict de Spinoza, Leo Steinberg (Borromini’s San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane: A Study in Multiple Form and Architectural Symbolism), Manfredo Tafuri (The Sphere and the Labyrinth), Paolo Toscanelli, Piero Valeriano (Hieroglyphica), Giorgio Vasari (Lives of the Most Eminent Painters, Sculptors and Architects), Villa Doria Pamphili, Bernardo Vittone (Istruzioni diverse, Istruzioni elementari, Cappella della Visitazione in Vallinotto, Church of the Assumption in Grignasco, San Bernardino in Chieri, San Gaetano in Nice, San Michele in Borgo d’Ale, Santa Chiara in Bra), Vitruvius (On Architecture), Rudolf Wittkower (Art and Architecture in Italy, Architectural Principles in the Age of Humanism, Studies in the Italian Baroque), Frances Yates (Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition), Federico Zuccari (L’Idea dei Pittori, Scultori e Architetti)
Keywords:Francesco Borromini, Architecture, 17th century Rome, Architecture and philosophy
Subjects:K Architecture, Building and Planning > K110 Architectural Design Theory
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K100 Architecture
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Architecture
ID Code:1119
Deposited By: Jill Partridge
Deposited On:04 Sep 2007
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 08:25

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