novel architecturale


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detail of Nolli's 1748 reduced copy of Leonardo Bufalini's 1551 Urbis Ichnographia

detail of Piranesi's 1762 Ichnographia Campus Martius

The Porticus and the Aula of the horti Luciliani render a fourth and perhaps final clue. It is from a select group of plan fragments on the Mons Pinicus or Collis Hortulorum of Bufalini's Ichnographia Urbis that Piranesi imaginatively redraws the Horti Luciliani. The resultant redrawn garden plan suggest a methodology whereby the fragmentary plans of Bufalini were used as kernels of ancient fact that, in turn, galvanized newly interpreted fictitious redrawings, thus paradoxically rendering what once was.

paradox 1 : a tenet or proposition contrary to received opinion   2 a : a statement or sentiment that is seemingly contradictory or opposed to common sense and yet perhaps true in fact   2 (1) b : a statement that is self-contradictory and hence false even though its true character is not immediately apparent   2 (2) b : an argument that apparantly derives self-contradictory conclusions by valid deduction from acceptable premises



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