The Duke in His Domain
ResumoThe Duke Vespasiano Gonzaga (1621-1687) was a true renaissance man. A prince,soldier, poet, artist and architect, he lived amidst the emergent and unstable originsof the architectural discipline. He created through force of will the città ideale ofSabbioneta, a place that in conflating the military and civic gives insight into themilitarised mindset that helped birth the discipline we recognise today. Sabbioneta isthe result of this mindset: the Duke was free to explore his existential conditionthrough the medium of architecture. One means he used to achieve this was atheatre he commissioned at the centre of Sabbioneta, designed by VincenzoScamozzi. The theatre was a space, housing a stage-set representation of thesurrounding city, for the Duke to viscerally engage with the ideal, militarised worldcreated around and through him.The paper will show how the duke and his domain, interacted with via the theatrespace at Sabbioneta, can act as allegory for the architect in his studio space. Thepaper blurs agencies of the military and the architectural, with the designer’s role asviscerally engaged with and immersed within the design process discussed in thiscontext.Keywords: process, methodology, installation, representation, allegory, agency
Oct 19, 2014
OZGA-LAWN, Matt. The Duke in His Domain. Revista Lusófona de Arquitectura e Educação, [S.l.], n. 11, p. 119 / 134, oct. 2014. ISSN 1646-6756. Disponível em: <http://revistas.ulusofona.pt/index.php/revlae/article/view/4799>. Acesso em: 23 aug. 2017.