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PRIMA DI LEONARDO: CULTURA DELLE MACCHINE A SIENA NEL RINASCIMENTO (Before Leonardo: The Culture of Machines in Renaissance Siena). Ed. by Paolo Galluzzi. Palazzo Pubblico, Siena, 1991. Organized by Universita degli Studi di Siena in association with Istituto e Museo Nazionale di Storia della Scienza, Florence. Published by Electa, Milan. 496 pp. with 575 ills. (94 col.). 28 x 26 cm. ISBN 884353579X In Italian.
This scholarly catalogue examines the important role and wide-ranging achievements of Renaissance architect-engineers in Siena before the time of Leonardo, presenting hundreds of drawings and prints depicting diverse engines and machines designed to exploit the forces of wind, water and fire for a variety of military, public and commercial uses. Twelve substantial essays survey the full range of engineering activities in the region, focusing on the influential inventions and writings of Taccola (Jacopo Mariano, 1382-ca. 1458) and Francesco di Giorgio (1438-1501). Please note that a abridged French-language edition of this title is available (see Worldwide 900405).
Indexing: Western, Europe — Italy — 1400-1600 — Several Media
Plans: 50
Worldwide Number: 023234
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