By Francesco Colonna
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some of the most well-known books on this planet, the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, learn through each Renaissance highbrow and observed in stories of paintings and tradition ever because, was once first released in English via Thames & Hudson in 1999.
it's a unusual, pagan, pedantic, erotic, allegorical, mythological romance concerning in hugely stylized Italian the hunt of Poliphilo for his cherished Polia. the writer (presumed to be Francesco Colonna, a friar of doubtful acceptance) used to be obsessed via structure, panorama, and costume―it isn't really going too a ways to assert sexually obsessed―and its 174 woodcuts are a major resource for Renaissance principles on either structures and gardens.
In 1592 an test used to be made to supply an English model however the translator gave up. the duty has been triumphantly entire by way of Joscelyn Godwin, who succeeds in reproducing all its wayward allure and arcane studying in language available to the trendy reader. 174 black-and-white illustrations
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