The representation of the library. Civil space in the Renaissance civilization


The discovery of the Vitruvian code constituted a revolution for architecture by promoting the meeting of architects-artists with learned humanists. The civil life of the lively Renaissance city had given impetus to the ethical and political ideals of humanists, while the meeting and exchange had determined the formation of public space. In this context, the humanistic library is created, a space designed according to the Renaissance ideal to host a collection of codes created according to the new bibliographic canon. The correspondence between the library aspects and the architectural aspects becomes the humanistic library in the Renaissance representation in a reference model.


Representation of the Library; History of Libraries; Library Architecture, Humanistic Libraries; Public-Space; Architects and Humanists.

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