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Hypnerotomachia Poliphili

Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, via Thames & Hudson; also offers images of the woodcuts. T&H, in 1999, published an english translation of the text; they attribute Francesco Colonna as the author.

Here is the book jacket text :

It is hard to believe that the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, printed by Aldus Manutius in 1499, one of the most famous books in the world, read by every Renaissance intellectual and endlessly referred to in studies of art and culture ever since, has never appeared in English. One reason, no doubt, is the length and difficulty of the text. It is a strange, pagan, pedantic, erotic, allegorical, mythological romance relating in highly stylized Italian the quest of Poliphilo for his beloved Polia. The author (presumed to be Francesco Colonna, a friar of dubious reputation) was obsessed by architecture, landscape and costume – it is not going too far to say sexually obsessed – and its 174 woodcuts are a primary source for Renaissance ideas on both buildings and gardens. In 1592 a beginning was made to produce an English version but the translator gave up after only a third of the text. Now, at last, the task has been triumphantly accomplished by Joscelyn Godwin, who succeeds in reproducing all its wayward charm and arcane learning in language accessible to the modern reader.

Liane Lefaivre, in 1997, attributes the book to Leon Battista Alberti.

Codex99 considered it.


Memorial University has a biographical page.


Talk at the LAB

Presented by MoCA and the LAB.

Saturday, November 23, 2PM at The LAB Miami

Workshop continues with informal presentations by media theorist Mckenzie Wark and Miami artists Adler Guerrier and Felice Grodin.

Local artists engage in an open discussion addressing issues of critique and media theory introduced in the previous evening’s lecture. Conversation is structured around modes of artistic production.

vertical gardens

These gardens, though only mock-ups, are hanging on around town. I will look for them, during my travels; looks like Brickell area.

photo via Patrick Blanc, image dated June 19, 2009

photo via arquitectonica geo, image is dated July 26, 2009.

These hanging vertical elements, designed with plant-artist Patrick Blanc, …, and horticulturalists Michael Davenport from Fairchild Tropical Garden and Jeff Shimonski …, will contribute significantly to the identity of the museum.

via mam.


ag-scenesfromaverdantplace-cover.sla-page001 by c_cinq
sketch for a book cover.