Echoing the sentiments of Vitruvius, Francesco di Giorgio asserted that music – with its long, enormous, short and medium pauses – is necessary for the conference and proportion of any building. Di Giorgio's discussion of proportions is rooted in the survey of ancient [Roman] ruins and held practical significances for Federico's activities. In Book X of De architectura, Vitruvius addresses the proper tuning of ballistic weaponry. "So by the application of wedges, the catapults are tuned to the right note by a musical ear" (10.12.2). Drawn by Amelia Amelia after Francesco di Giorgio Martini (1492-1502), Trattati di architettura ingegneria e arte militare (Il Polifilo, 1967).

Source: © Robert Kirkbride

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