This essay aims at identifying and interpreting the proportional relationships within the most famous artistic monuments of the past. With a rapid glance at different places and times, the author certifies the wide use of geometrical symbolic elements in buildings, getting to the core of the intimate mastery, which was the casket where the sacred ars costruendi
guarded the unchanging principle of its authority. So, from Mesopotamia to Egypt, from Greece to Rome, until arriving to the Florentine Middle Ages and Renaissance, we can witness, through the constancy and changing of forms, the development of a scientia antiqua
in which the furor mensurandi
corresponds to a united vision of the world, where the temple is an actual reproduction of the cosmos, which is meant to represent a transcendent reality. Therefore, this is built based on a specific diagram, which establishes the sacred proportions symbolising the idea of beauty.
A serious and well-documented contribution to the lucky strand of symbols, numbers and mysterious geometric designs of the religious art. This is witnessed by Renzo Manetti’s successful works.PDF format