Two woodcuts from Philibert de l’Orme‘s The first volume of architecture (Le premier tome de l’architecture), 1567, as reproduced in Taschen’s Architectural Theory.

Allegory of a bad architect

“The bad [architect] wanders bereft of hands and eyes through a barren landscape with a Medieval castle” (p131).

Allegory of a good architect

“By contrast, the good architect stands in a flourishing garden, has many hands, is surrounded by Classical and new buildings alike, and is familiarizing young people with his scientific discipline” (p131).

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