RUSCONI, Giovanni Antonio
(b. ca. 1520, Como, d. 1587, Venezia)

Della architettura di Gio. Antonio Rusconi

Printed book with woodcut illustrations, 31 x 21 x 2 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Rusconi's contemporary reputation was based chiefly on the Doge's Palace and on his writings. Although he worked with Palladio, relations between them were not close: Rusconi replied to Palladio's Quattro libri (1570) with his own treatise, published posthumously as Dell'architettura di Gio. Antonio Rusconi. This did not achieve the fame of Palladio's, and Rusconi's reputation declined with the rise of Palladianism in the 18th century.

The text of Rusconi's book, illustrated by Rusconi and published by I Gioliti in Venice in 1590, summarizes precepts of Marcus Pollio Vitruvius. It was dedicated to Francesco Maria II Montefeltro della Rovere, Duke of Urbino.

The picture shows the title page of the book.