I Tatti Debriefs 4: From Drawing to Stone: The Architectural Drawings of Antonio da Sangallo the Younger


Thursday, September 30, 2021, 6:30pm


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Drawing of Antonio da Sangallo the Younger

Speaker: Micaela Antonucci (University of Bologna)

From Drawing to Stone: The sheer number of drawings attributed to of Antonio da Sangallo the Younger and his circle are testament to his pivotal role in sixteenth century architecture. A closer look at these drawings reveals much about the complex organizational structure of the architect’s studio while shedding light on previously unknown aspects of Sangallo’s work. This Debrief will investigate the drawings, not as simple artifacts, but rather as tools for analysing the architect’s techniques— techniques that cemented his professional supremacy in the extremely competitive world of Roman architecture. Through the drawings we can learn much about how the Sangallo studio operated, about the division of roles and the individual contributions of the artists working in it, and about the role of the Fabbrica di San Pietro in the supply of machines, tools, and specific skills. This investigation of Sangallo’s drawings will be supported by an in-depth archival and historiographical analysis, revealing the creative, technical and economic mechanisms that allowed Sangallo’s business to become the hegemonic Roman architectural model during the Renaissance and beyond.

Micaela Antonucci is Associate Professor of History of Architecture at the University of Bologna and was David and Julie Tobey Fellow at I Tatti during Fall 2020. She holds a PhD in Engineering-Architecture from the University of Tor Vergata and an MD in Architecture from the University of Roma Tre. Her scholarly studies focus on Italian Renaissance architecture, with special concern for Rome and the work of Antonio da Sangallo the Younger, and on topics and protagonists of contemporary architecture, particularly Otto Wagner and Pier Luigi Nervi. She has published books and contributed many essays to international peer reviewed journals on these topics. She is co-editor of books on Pier Luigi Nervi and on Renaissance architecture.

Cover image: Prospettiva e prospetto di trabeazione antica trovata in Piazza Navona a Roma, Antonio da Sangallo, Gabinetto dei Disegni e delle Stampe delle Gallerie degli Uffizi. Photograph by Micaela Antonucci.

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