Writer: David Watkin

Watkin on Milizia: Frontispiece to The Lives of the Celebrated Architects, Ancient and Modern

Watkin on Milizia: Frontispiece to The Lives of the Celebrated Architects, Ancient and Modern

By David Watkin

The illustration on the title page to the Vite is striking and can be seen as a preparation for that of Pugin’s Contrasts (Sailsbury 1836). Milizia depicts a crowded scene in which, on the left hand side, a Corinthian portico and Laugier’s primitive hut, fashioned from trees and branches, represent Antiquity and Nature. Pallas,… Read More