Palast-Architektur: Toscana

Raschdorff, Julius Carl. Palast-Architektur von Oberitalien und Toscana vom XIII. bis XVIII. Jahrhundert. Wasmuth: Berlin, 1886-1922.

Collection: Ayres & Ayres Architects

Palast-Architektur von Oberitalien und Toscana is a German-language monograph examining Tuscan palaces. This 1888 folio was published by Wasmuth along with a number of volumes produced between 1886 and 1922 to document palatial structures throughout Italy. Architect and scholar, Julius Raschdorff developed this volume which examines a number of important sites throughout Florence, Sienna and the Tuscan countryside. Brief essays open the book, contextualizing each building through limited but significant historical data. A wealth of plans, sections, elevations and details complement photographs of these architectural monuments, providing 100 plates of visual content. And while these materials are somewhat spartan, their attenuated aesthetic lends itself to absolute legibility, creating a document that allows the user to indulge in possibility.

Library of Congress call number: NA 7755 P3