Hans Vredeman de Vries’s publications on architecture have long been recognized as the chief motor behind the spread of the so-called Antwerp Mannerist architecture throughout Northern Europe, the most emblematic model of which was the Antwerp town hall façade. However, there is another aspect to the reception of his work. His ‘paper architecture’ also reflects the vanguard of contemporary Netherlandish court architecture, albeit in a more subliminal way. This largely neglected aspect is of paramount importance for a better understanding of the popularity of Vredeman’s work. Especially at the princely courts of North-Western and Central Europe, hidden messages of this type must have been understood as clearly as his characteristic scrollwork.
= reworked papers of the 2003 conference in Lemgo, Weserrenaissance-Museum Schloss Brake; series: Studien zur Kultur der Renaissance, 3.