This site is dedicated to the Architectural Orders and their diffusion through vector drawings.

All the drawings here presented are not just a simple "scan-and-redraw", they have been outlined on computer meticulously following the method exposed by Jacopo Barozzi, generally known as Vignola (his home town’s name) in his famous treatise: Regola delli Cinque Ordini d’Architettura (Rule of the Five Orders of Architecture). This book was published for the first time in Rome in 1562 and is the very first best-and-long-seller in the history of architectural literature. As a matter of fact, after the editio princeps (first edition), more than 500 other editions were published throughout the centuries, in various countries and various languages. The different editions have often added variations, nonetheless always respecting the proportional system established by Vignola, the true essence of his treatise.
As one example, William R. Ware substitutes, in his renowned The American Vignola (published at the beginning of the XX century) - maybe with the aim to simplify - Vignola’s measure unit, the Module (the radius of the column) with the Diameter of the shaft. Furthermore, following the French influence of the Beaux Arts tradition, he adds the Greek Doric and Ionic, discovered long after Vignola’s time. Ware’s book is certainly a very clever and useful one.

In fact, during our work we have often consulted it. Nevertheless, we preferred to restrict ourselves to Vignola’s Module and the five orders he canonized because we believe Vignola’s work to be too deeply rooted in the culture and taste of the Italian Cinquecento for it to be merged with the Greek Revival, representative of a completely different culture, taste and time.

The files rendering the Five Orders of Architecture are here available and ready for use in the most widely employed CAD formats: DWG and Vectorworks.

These files can be employed in several ways, both for professional and academic purposes (except publishing and/or any editorial uses, since the copyrights of these files are held by Stefano Fera). An interesting application can be, for example, that of providing an accurate basis for a 3D modelling that we can create on demand. 3D models can be used successfully to operate numerical control lathes in order to automatically carve elaborate marble or stone architectural elements, as shown in the following video. (© Ravelli Srl: www.ravelli.it).

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