Riflessioni sulla pretesa scoperta del sopraornato Toscano espostaci dall’autore dell’opera degli amfiteatri, e singolarmente del Veronese.
Venezia, Stefano Monti 1730.
Small 8vo. (12) + 115 + (1)pp, 3 folding engraved plates carrying 4 numbered text ills. Contemporary full vellum. A good, clean copy.
A sharp attack by Lucchese (or Lucchesi), a young Venetian architect, on the supposed discovery in the remains of the Roman amphitheatre at Verona of a genuine example of the “sopraornato Toscano”, the entablature of the Tuscan order, not mentioned by Vitruvius and supposed by many Renaissance theoreticians not to have existed in the classical period. The discovery was claimed by the eminent Veronese historian and antiquary Scipione Maffei in a publication of 1728 on amphitheatres in general and that at Verona on particular, and the scorn with which Lucchese treats it may or may not have enhanced Lucchese’s own career prospects ; but Lucchese reveals on an early page that he had been a fellow student and intimate friend at the University of Padua of Tommaso Temanza, who was to become the principal Venetian theoretician of the classical orders in the middle years of the eighteenth century, and one may assume that Lucchese was better grounded than Maffei in the technicalities of the Tuscan order (Lucchese was also, remarkably enough, Piranesi’s uncle). The book is scarce and absent from many major libraries, no copy being listed in the Berlin catalogue ; Count Cicognara did however possess it (Cicognara 792), and he describes it as “libretto pieno di dottissima critica e ottime osservazioni”. Not in BAL Cat.