Ocularium Lucis: Light and Optical Theory in Guarino Guarini's Church of San Lorenzo
AdvisorCuneo, Pia F.
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AbstractOcularium Lucis: Light and Optical Theory in Guarino Guarini's Church of San Lorenzo is intended to provide theoretical advancement in the understanding of the work of the Baroque architect Guarino Guarini by employing his Church of San Lorenzo as an example. In Part One an historical account of Guarini's life and work is presented. In Part Two, Guarini's methods as an architect are analyzed according to their intersection with the philosophy of science, geometry and astronomy, presented within his many treatises on such subjects. A syllogistic correlation is demonstrated in Guarini's writings between the study of optics, geometry and architecture, which reveals that the architectonic forms which he creates are configured according to a profound interest in light and opticality. In this manner, Guarini's Church of San Lorenzo is understood as an instrument of light and a vessel of divine illumination.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
History & Theory of Art