Vol. 12 No. 1 (2021): "In solis locis turba". Studi offerti a Graziano Ruffini

The representation of the library. Civil space in the Renaissance civilization

Alfredo Broletti
Università degli Studi di Firenze

Published 2021-01-15


  • Rappresentazione della biblioteca,
  • Storia delle biblioteche,
  • Architettura delle biblioteche,
  • Biblioteche umanistiche,
  • Spazio-pubblico

How to Cite

Broletti, Alfredo. 2021. “The Representation of the Library. Civil Space in the Renaissance Civilization”. JLIS.It 12 (1):39-46. https://doi.org/10.4403/jlis.it-12661.


The discovery of the Vitruvian code constituted a revolution for architecture by promoting the meeting of architects-artists with learned humanists. The civil life of the lively Renaissance city had given impetus to the ethical and political ideals of humanists, while the meeting and exchange had determined the formation of public space. In this context, the humanistic library is created, a space designed according to the Renaissance ideal to host a collection of codes created according to the new bibliographic canon. The correspondence between the library aspects and the architectural aspects becomes the humanistic library in the Renaissance representation in a reference model.


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