Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza. Un'ipotesi generativa
In: Quaderni dell'Istituto di Storia dell'Architettura: n.s. 2019, 2020
Sant’ Ivo alla Sapienza. A generative hypothesis
We know that Borromini had roughly 1,000 books in his personal library, so it is very likely that he was influenced by several branches of learning; theology, philosophy and poetry may have inspired and sustained the sense of secular or spiritual Knowledge, which he then instilled in the design of Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza (which means knowledge). Based on these premises the study examined in-depth the exterior and interior of Sant’Ivo and evaluated several literary works, three in particular: The Consolation of Philosophy by Severinus Boethius, The Celestial Hierarchy by Dionysius the Areopagite, and above all, the canticle of Paradise in the Divine Comedy that provided new, stimulating interpretations of the building.