Andrea Mantegna (et al.) | Casa del Mantegna

The Casa del Mantegna is an incredible example of domestic architecture: it plays (winning) the eternal architectural challenge of inscribing a circle inside a square. From Vitruvio till nowadays many results of this challenge were built, but I can hardly think of a more sensitive house-court. 

The house, built in 1476 by the famous painter, reinterpretates the domus romana (clearly opening it up much more) and the archetype of the atrium: it’s probably thanks to a talk with Alberti that Mantegna actually decides to distribute all the spaces around this central space, giving life to one of the most breathtaking houses built in that period.

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