Alina Payne

The Telescope and the Compass
Teofilo Gallaccini and the dialogue between Architecture and Science in the Age of Galileo

2012, cm 17 x 24, xx-242 pp. con 96 figg. n.t.

ISBN: 9788822261229

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Teofilo Gallaccini’s (1564-1641) oeuvre represents a nearly intact personal archive covering the sciences, architecture and the arts, medicine and letters. This book examines his thought against the panorama of contemporary events and issues with which he interacted closely – from the astronomical discoveries and condemnation of Galileo to the artistic debates in the Rome of Urban VIII and Alexander VII. A «go-between» disciplines, Gallaccini illuminates the nature of intellectual labor and its sites on the eve of the Scientific Revolution.

Alina Payne
Alina Payne is Professor of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University. She is the author of The Architectural Treatise in the Italian Renaissance (Cambridge University Press, 1999), Rudolf Wittkower (Bollati-Boringheri, 2010) and From Ornament to Object. Genealogies of Architectural Modernism (Yale University Press, 2012), editor of Displacements. Architecture and the Other Side of the Known (Toronto 2000) and co-editor of Antiquity and Its Interpreters (Cambridge University Press, 2000). She has held visiting appointments at Villa I Tatti (Florence), Kunsthistorisches/ Max Planck Institut (Florence), École Pratique des Hautes études (Paris) and Hertziana/ Max Planck Institute (Rome). She is the holder of the Max Planck and Alexander von Humboldt Prize in the Humanities (2006-11).