Title: The ‘villa’ of Peter Ernst, Count of Mansfeld, at Clausen (Luxemburg). Dressing up in Antique Mode in the Low Countries in the 16th century
Authors: De Jonge, Krista # ×
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Electa
Series Title: Annali di Architettura vol:18-19 pages:129-142
Abstract: By the middle of the 16th century, noble patrons in the Low Countries used antique and pseudo-antique spoglia to dress up what was essentially ‘modern’ architecture: a highly successful blend of the brick-and-stone architecture which had become popular in court circles ca. 1500, and the repertory of the Five Orders, widely accepted in Netherlandish architectural practice thanks to the publishing efforts of Pieter Coecke van Aelst (from 1539). The modern character of this assimilation was clearly put into words by Vredeman de Vries in the introduction to his 1577 treatise ARCHITECTURA. For high-ranking patrons of taste, such as Peter Ernst, count of Mansfeld and governor of Luxemburg, this was not enough to express their status and aspirations: Mansfeld’s new suburban “villa”, built from 1564 onwards at Clausen (Luxemburg), would have a more archaeologically correct grotto, cryptoporticus and sunken fountain court, which served as a backdrop for his celebrated collection of antique epigraphs and statuary fragments from Arlon and Trier.
ISBN: 88-8418-010-4
ISSN: 1124-7169
VABB publication type: VABB-1
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Department of Architecture - miscellaneous
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