I have been getting a lot of positive feedback from my peers, professors and relatives on these sketches and have been asked to record a little more information about every upload (context, thoughts, technique, etc.). I’m going to go back and add what I feel is appropriate – starting with this plan + perspective of a moment at the Villa Giulia.
When drawing in this space we were encouraged to understand the architecture as a backdrop to the theatrics of human movement. There is a very interesting ‘interlocking’ courtyard (see section drawing 5 posts back) that holds the two loggia in a constant kind of conversation. Between these loggias lies a sunken fountain (see the lowest point of the section), that can be reached by two curving staircases. The perspective drawing tries to capture the curve of the stair and the frame it’s door creates; a door whose form, as drawn in plan, even matches the angle of approach.
As opposed to later baroque architecture where theatrics are given material form, this Renaissance space, which was intended for wealthy patrons and lavish parties, steps back to make the inhabitants themselves the spectacle.