Architectural Literature Comparison Essay by hicaliber

Architectural Literature
This paper compares and contrasts Sai Mustafa Celebi's "Memoir of Sinan the Architect" and Andrea Palladio's "Four Books on Architecture."
# 93256 | 1,037 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Mar 14, 2007 in English (Comparison) , Literature (General) , Architecture (General)

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The paper discusses how Palladio was informed by the Western, classical tradition of thought which is demonstrated in his style as well as in his subject material. Sinan's biographer, however, relied on a more fluid and poetic Eastern tradition in both description and focus. The paper examines how, influenced by the burgeoning Italian Renaissance of the time, Palladio's treatise is a critical examination of classical architecture. "Memoirs of Sinan," however, represents a holistic examination of the architect's life. The paper reveals that due to the fact that Palladio's text is written in a very familiar style, researchers and students might well have the tendency to focus on it while ignoring the more complex and holistic text about an architect from Turkey.

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Celebi, Sai Mustafa. Tezkiretu'l-Bunyan and Tezkiretu'l-Ebniye (Memoirs of Sinan the Architect). In Book of Buildings. Trans. Hayati Deyeli and Priscilla Mary Isin. Istanbul, 2002. 29-39, 58-77, 91-99.
  • Matthews, Kevin. "Sinan." Great Buildings Online. 2006. 2 Mar. 2006 <>.
  • Palladio, Andrea. Four Books on Architecture. Trans. Robert Tavernor and Richard Schofield. Cambridge, 1997.
  • Tavernor, Robert. "Palladio's Four Books on Architecture." Architecture Week 2 Aug. 2000. 4 Mar. 2006 <>.

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