De Architectura Libri Dece (Ten Books of Architecture)

Illustrated by Unidentified artist, Italian, 16th century, Influence of Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452–1519), Author Vitruvius Pollio, Printer Gottardo da Ponte (Italian, active 1498–1549)

Place of Publication: Como, Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Mortimer, Italian, 544; Sander 7696; Fowler 395; Brunet V, 1330


Overall: 41 x 29 x 4.5 cm (16 1/8 x 11 7/16 x 1 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 117 woodcuts

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Como: Gottardo da Ponte, 1521) Folio; 192 leaves; eighteenth-century gilt-stamped spotted calf binding, dark red cloth box.

Selected illustrations: initial Q with figure (author?) writing at a desk (fol. A1r); plan and sectional diagrams of Milan cathedral (B6r, B7r&v); “Vitruvian” man (G2r); architectural orders (H6r); large allegorical design (M4r)

Como: Gottardo da Ponte, 1521


V.A.G.C. Villiers, Earl of Jersey, Osterley Park (born 1845); Philip Hofer, Cambridge, MA (1898-1984); Harvard College Library, from whom purchased by MFA, February 13, 1941.

Credit Line

William A. Sargent Fund