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Title: Pirro Ligorio and the Renaissance rediscovery of the Ancient Roman Villa
Author: Growcott, Jennifer
ISNI:       0000 0004 2672 1615
Awarding Body: The University of Reading
Current Institution: University of Reading
Date of Award: 2009
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Pirro Ligorio (c.1513-1583) was one of the great antiquarians of the Italian Cinquecento. The aim of this dissertations to determine the extent of his understanding of the ancient Roman villa and in particular what he gleaned from the surviving remains which were largely ignored by other architect antiquarians. He left much material that can be used to answer this question, namely his alphabetical encyclopaedia (18 volumes in Turin) but also his reconstructed plans of the ancient Roman villas (in particular the Villa Salviana and the 'Villa of Augustus') and his Anteiquae Urbis Imago published in 1561. The thesis considers what Ligorio said about the ancient Roman villa in his writings. In addition it identifies the trends in Ligorio's representations of the ancient Roman villa by investigating how the ancient villa was represented in his drawings and the eight villas imaginatively reconstructed on the 1561 map. It shows that Ligorio's interests in the villa were only in part architectural. An analysis of the Turin encyclopaedia reveals that he is more interested in the estate and in identifying the owners. The analysis of the drawings and maps show that Ligorio had a greater understanding of ancient Roman villa architecture than earlier architects. He realized that the ancient villas were not as symmetrical in their planning and elevations as many architects believed. He also, it would appear, understood much about the villa complex realising, for example, that mausolea were often part of the villa compound.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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