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, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 99–124 | Cite as

The Diminution of the Classical Column: Visual Sensibility in Antiquity and the Renaissance

  • David A. Vila. Domini
Research Articles


David Vila Domini looks at the recommendations regarding optical adjustment of the columnar diminution in the architectural treatises of Vitruvius, Alberti, and Palladio. He examines the variation in diminution of column thickness according to the height of the column, and its implications for our understanding of the various practices with regard both to columnar proportion and visual sensibility in Antiquity and the Renaissance. He also examines possible sources for the methods by which the ratios of column height to diameter were derived.


David Vila Domini diminution of columns in antiquity and the Renaissance Vitruvius Leon Battista Alberti Andrea Palladio Ten Books on Architecture De re aedificatoria Four Books of Architecture Quattro Libri dell’architettura De architectura De statua De pictura column proportions Doric Ionic Corinthian Composite architectural orders 

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© Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Scott Sutherland SchoolThe Robert Gordon UniversityAberdeenUnited Kingdom

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