During the Renaissance, representing three-dimensional form in two-dimensional media was a recognized skill and a virtuoso display of talent. As illustrations of three-dimensional subjects became more prevalent, it also affected the development of the disciplines and the professions.

A conference on forms of architectural communication in the early modern period will be held in conjunction with the project “Thinking 3-D,” organized by Laura Moretti (St Andrews) and Daryl Green (Magdalene College, Oxford). “Thinking 3D” was especially significant for architectural practice, where communicating ideas and designs before and after building was of primary importance. Communicating architectural form was central to established and new audiences with an interest in the practical and theoretical issues of building.

Paper Presentations 

  • Noam Andrews – Architecture of Disorder in the Age of Perspective 
  • Paul Davies - Moving monstrances: generating wonder in late medieval Italy
  • Elizabeth Deans Romariz – Flipped, Flapped, Folded: Objectifying Drawing Practices in William Dickinson’s Sketchbook
  • Jesús Escobar - Architectural Migration in the Early Modern Spanish World
  • Sara Galletti - On Philibert de l’Orme’s stereotomic dome in the chapel of the Château d’Anet: a hypothesis on design, geometry, and models
  • David Hemsoll - The Codex Coner and the new science of architectural representation
  • Deborah Howard – Frozen Movement: The Representation of Technology in Early Modern Italy
  • Frédérique Lemerle – Three atypical publications in France (1536-1560)
  • Tod A. Marder – The Social Dimension of Bernini's Architectural Drawings
  • Emanuela Vai – Paper Architecture: Three-dimensional Thought and Practice in the Works of Salomon de Caus (1576-1626)
  • Michael Waters - Hieronymus Cock’s Diascopic Baths of Emperor Diocletian

Poster Presentations

  • Chloé Demonet – From building to parchment: the creation of a graphic language
  • Erin Giffin – Paper Pilgrimage: Engravings of the Santa Casa di Loreto
  • Nick Mols - Sebastiano Serlio’s spatial representation through Linee Occulte

  • For more information about the Thinking 3D project visit this website

For any other information and to reserve a room at Worcester College for the duration of the conference please email Katie Jakobiec at [email protected]