Reibungspunkte: Ordnung und Umbruch in Architektur und Kunst. Festschrift für Hubertus Günther pages:39-46
The first “antique works” (anticse wercken), produced in the Netherlandish court milieu in the earliest decades of the sixteenth century, were not yet subject to the rules developed in Italy and vulgarized in the North by Pieter Coecke van Aelst through his publication of a Vitruvian-based, pocket-size manual called Die Inventie der Colommen, and through his translation of Serlio’s Book on the Orders (both Antwerp, 1539). They are characterized, amongst others, by the creative use of the column, both single and combined with other columns or with a pillar. . In this article we explore some of the earliest Netherlandish formal inventions centred upon the column, as a preparation for a more extensive study of the pre-Serlian orders of the Early Netherlandish Renaissance. The complex conjugations of the column discussed here, offered one way of achieving the complexity of formal invention and ingenuity of design patrons and critics appreciated.