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