Giacomo Torrelli: The Rise Of The Italian Renaissance

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Giacomo Torrelli The rise of the Italian Renaissance sparked the decline of Feudalism and the rise of commerce. As a result towns began to grow via urbanization and the dominance of the church was challenged. People began to study and explore the classics and encourage the teaching of Greek and Latin. Furthermore, there was rise in humanism and classicism which were the precursors to the development of Italian Literature and Drama. As Italian Literature and Drama developed Italian scenery and spectacle became prevalent as well. Giacomo Torrelli is one of many Italian designers who played a key role in the development of scene design and spectacle (Italian Renaissance). Torrelli drew influence from Vitruvius’ De Architectura, has inspired many other designers, and has work that is still incorporated into modern day productions.…show more content…
His theatre machinery would provide the basis for many modern stage devices as he was a very innovative Italian stage designer and engineer (Giacomo Torrelli). Giacomo’s innovations can be viewed as having been inspired by Vitruvius’ De Archictectura published in 1486; this work expressed an interest in recreating classical stage (Italian Renaissance). Furthermore , some scholars have suggested that Torrelli was actually inspired by Gian Battista Aleotti: “Years ago Franz Rapp suggested that the true developer of the chariot system was Gian Battista Aleotti, and that Aleotti developed it in Ferrera’s Teatro degl’Itnredpidi in 1606 (The Johns Hopkins University Press).” Though scholars have suggested this idea to be true, Torrelli is still most often credited with the creation of the chariot and pole
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