By Christopher Heuer
The Netherlandish polymath Hans Vredeman de Vries (1526-1609) committed his whole occupation to the creation of imaginary structure. Painter, architect, rhetorician, point of view theorist, competition clothier, and draughtsman, Vredeman used to be energetic in Antwerp, Amsterdam, and Prague, the place he designed a mysterious physique of architectural prints, works which through the 17th century had prompted constructions from Tallinn to Peru. Vredeman's unusual guides have been one of the so much widely-distributed "Renaissance" books on development and imaginative and prescient, shipped to England, Spain or even Mexico through 1600.The urban Rehearsed offers a completely new point of view on Vredeman and published structure in early glossy Europe. It probes the geographical encounters of dozens of engravings with modern texts on structure, theatre, urbanism, paintings gathering, even ethnography.This publication, the 1st sustained examine of Vredeman in English, shifts the point of interest of inquiry to examine the lively position his prints performed within the lifetime of city readers outdoor of a narrowly-defined "Flemish" architectural background. this can be a ebook with transparent curiosity for historians of paintings and the outfitted atmosphere, and one with broader modern resonances for altering definitions of "European" tradition and identification within the current day.