Uomo universale : the imaginary relation between body and mathematic(s) in architecture

Lozanovska, Mirjana 2009, Uomo universale : the imaginary relation between body and mathematic(s) in architecture, Architectural theory review, vol. 14, no. 3, pp. 234-247.

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Title Uomo universale : the imaginary relation between body and mathematic(s) in architecture
Author(s) Lozanovska, Mirjana
Journal name Architectural theory review
Volume number 14
Issue number 3
Start page 234
End page 247
Total pages 14
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Publication date 2009-12
ISSN 1326-4826
1755-0475
Keyword(s) uomo universale
body and mathematics
image
universal subject
Summary What is the role of the human figure in the drawing of the uomo universale? Interlocked with the “master architect” as a constituent component of the canonical bodies of architecture, is the idea of the uomo universale, the universal man, an idea that was especially compelling to Renaissance masters. In contemporary social theory the uomo universale is read for its generic sense as the “universal subject”. Critical to this is a dialectical sense in which “man” confronts its non-neutral association with a gender specificity, either man or woman. This paper looks at the drawing and image of the uomo universale and explores the distinction between presence and representation, between the visibility of the image, its content and detail and the symbolic role of the image as constitutive of a canon of architecture. Though we are not meant to “see” the human figure as corporeal presence and rather focus our attention on the image as a geometric schema, my argument is that only through the figure is the uomo universale engendered as an image of the highest form of nature.
Language eng
Field of Research 120103 Architectural History and Theory
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2009
Copyright notice ©2009, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30029311

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