Understanding Architectural Drawings

Learning from Drawing

In this section we see how Soane’s pupils and assistants learnt from drawing. We see a young architect measuring one of the great Roman temples and we see how, in England, the art of perspective developed in the sixteenth century and the kind of books from which one could learn about architectural design and perspective. Lastly we see one of Soane’s pupils drawing on site to record and learn about the process of construction.

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Palladio Woodcut

Palladio Woodcut

Soane Museum Library

This is the sort of drawing which Soane’s pupils would be required to study. It is, in fact, a woodcut made from a drawing to illustrate a series of books called I Quattro libri dell’architettura by the famous Italian architect Andrea Palladio (1508-80). A woodcut is a print made from a wooden block where the white areas of the drawing have been cut away and ink applied to the raised parts of the block. This design is for the Villa Rotonda, also called the Villa Capra in Vicenza, in Italy. It shows the plan, and below, part elevation, part section. Palladio’s buildings were much copied and inspired other buildings all around the world.