Reality is a wall with two sides… The drawing interprets of the moment in the story when the Fat Woodworker, main character in Antonio Manetti's Renaissance prank, is knocking on the door of his own house and Brunelleschi from the inside, mirrors his identity confusing the Fat one. This doublesided reality appears in the drawing as a construction of a section that places the spectator as a viewer of both realities. The wall section was collaged and transformed from Sebastiano Serlio’s wall section drawings present in his architectural treatise. Keeping in mind the Fat Woodworker social rank, the wall section chosen was the most modest one. The Fat one and his Double (Brunelleschi) are characterized through a reconstruction of the male figure in Albert Durer’s etching “The Cook and his Wife.” The entire drawing intends to gather fragments of work crafted by artists and architects interested in perspective, such as Durer and Serlio. Emphasizing the cleaving nature of a wall, that joins and separates two worlds, the interior world was constructed through a one

point perspective, from below and from above, expressing Brunelleschi’s control of the situation. The exterior world, constructed with many horizons and perspective points, through photographic fragments of the city of Florence, expresses the Fat Woodworker confusion. Working with many layers of paper and traces, the drawing is an interpretation of the play between reality and fiction intrinsic to the story as well as to the architect’s imagination.

 

PhD Exercise (2012): interpretations through drawing...

close reading/drawing of Renaissance prank THE FAT WOODWORKER by Antonio Manetti

 

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