|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.
|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).