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Digital Serlio Project

A sixteenth-century Italian architect and theoretician, Sebastiano Serlio was influential in standardizing the classical orders as the author of the first illustrated treatise on ancient Roman architecture. Appointed supervisor of royal buildings by the French King François I, he worked on the palace of Fontainebleau and built the chateau at Ancy-le-Franc for Antoine III de Clermont, one of the king’s courtiers.

The Digital Serlio Project focuses on Serlio’s unpublished masterwork, On Domestic Architecture (Tutte l'opere d'architettura, Libro VI) and provides online access to Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library’s unparalleled holdings of Serlio's works. The Project brings together this corpus of newly digitized works with scholarly essays contributed by an international cohort of scholars and students.

Image: Small House for a King (Plate XXXIX), Sebastiano Serlio, VIII libro di Serlio: m.s. architettura, ca. 1550. Credit: Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University


Funding for research and scholarship is provided by the Sidney J. Weinberg, Jr. Foundation and by the Samuel Freeman Charitable Trust.


An international team of scholars is coordinated by Prof. Francesco Benelli, while scholars and staff at the Avery Library direct the effort in collaboration with the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP), and the Italian Academy, all at Columbia, as well as Avery Friends, the University of Bologna and the École nationale des Chartes. Digital photography and project support are provided by the Avery Digital Lab and (also within Columbia's Libraries) the Digital Program Division and the Preservation and Digital Conversion Division.