n Renaissance’s painting the landscapes depicting
urban agglomerations are numerous . But are those painted cities the fruit
of utopian imagination or of reality’s observation? The city represents
and divulges a new culture, in the same way that the new culture promotes
a particular city image. But it remains that the urban framework, real and
concrete, as much as cultural, is very present in Italy, firmly established
upon the Greek and then Roman tradition of the "city". It is sometimes
complicated to make the difference between real and imaginary cities, heritage
and innovation, Middle Ages’contributions and renewal of the Renaissance.
The mainly Roman heritage, conveyed by the works of Vitruve and others, is
now re-discovered and applied with a new awareness.
Source : Ecole Polytechnique