Why did artists include prominent architectural settings in their narrative paintings? Why did they labour over highly innovative structural and ornamental solutions? How could someone trained as a metalworker perform successfully as an architect? While excellent scholarship exists on project and study drawings, there exists a gap in our knowledge about other kinds of architectural representation which elude categorisation, as well as about the practical and cultural import of craftsmanship on architectural practice. Focusing on Italy and the Netherlands in the early modern era, this special collection addresses these issues by shedding light on the architectural imagination of artists, exploring their structural and ornamental solutions as a platform for experimentation, and reassessing their training in order to clarify the processes of exchange across media as well as the intense competition that drove innovation. As they uncover the cultural implications of craftsmanship and the communicative potential of architecture beyond the built form, the articles in this collection offer a contribution to bridge the historiographical gap between art and architectural history.
Guest editors: Livia Lupi, University of Warwick - Krista De Jonge, KU Leuven.