Architectural Representation

Architectural representation had, already at the time of Vitruvius, developed methods of producing ground plans (ichnographia), elevations (orthographia), and a third method associated with scenography (scaenographia). Renaissance texts had two versions of this third method, namely scaenographia and sciagraphia, both of which were often translated as perspective. A direct link between ground-plan, elevation and perspective is alluded to by Vasari with respect to Brunelleschi and Uccello, but is first discussed unequivocally by Piero della Francesca. Systematic coordination of these three concepts emerges through the tradition of ruins with Serlio, Androuet, Vredeman, Palladio, Scamozzi and authors on perspective such as Cousin (1560) and Barbaro (1568). Thereafter architectural representation