Domes in time and space

Some brief anthropological comments in the margins of conference: “Domes in the world”


Vinicio Serino
Università di Siena

with the collaboration of Mariano D’Anza
Università di Siena

Experience is a continued reflection on the use, which is perfected by working on any kind of materials, and rightly needed the idea of drawing. The reasoning then is what is able to show things that can be manufactured, and prove to promptly, and with the reasons of proportion. (Vitruvius, De Architectura) Practical experience, then know-how, and theory, i.e. scientifically acquired knowledge and scientifically provable, so these two factors are creates this science that shares much with the art. These “doctrines” by which is adorned are many and are substantiated, inter alia, in the letters that make “the strongest memory”; in Geometry, which teaches “the use of row and sixth” Arithmetic, by which “we calculate the costs of the buildings, we demonstrate the reasons for the measures … we dissolve the difficult problems of proportion”; philosophy, as well, which “provides the” Architect of great mind”; Music “to understand the rules of the harmonic scale and mathematical reasons; Medicine” to find out what the declinamenti (changes) of Heaven, which the Greeks call climates, are, and what kind of airs belonging to the places are healthy and unhealthy” such as Astrology, by which” you know the ‘ East, West, and south parts, the North and the disposition of the Sky, Equinox, Solstice, the course of the Stars… (Vitruvius, op. cit.). I add another; the Anthropology and antropologos, which , for Aristotle, was the one who “is interested in the affairs of Man,” was and is the architect “and the finest artists,” according to the famous quote from H. James because, in the words of Guy de Maupassant, he practice an art that “… it is the most mysterious and most extensive of ideas.”