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U.Va. Art Museum exhibit examines renaissance architectural ornament through prints

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.- The University of Virginia Art Museum will open a new exhibit Aug. 26, “Variety, Archeology and Ornament: Renaissance Architectural Prints from Column to Cornice.” The exhibit, which runs through Dec. 18, re-examines the moment of the formation of the classical canon of architecture. It suggests that the development of the concept of five orders of architecture (Tuscan, Doric, Ionic, Corinthian and composite) over the course of the 16th century was more complicated than typically imagined. Prints and drawings in the exhibit suggest that many architects, draftsmen and printmakers continued to seek out unusual and diverse architectural models from antiquity, even while others were attempting to establish a set of rules and norms. The exhibit is curated by U.Va. associate professor of architectural history Cammy Brothers and New York University doctoral candidate Michael Waters, a Rome