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Emotion and architecture

— July 2015

Article read level: Academic

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Albrecht Dürer, Melencolia I (1514). Engraving.From Melancholy and Architecture: On Aldo Rossi by Diogo Seixas Lopes

Aldo Rossi’s architecture expressed his deepest philosophical beliefs

Melancholy and Architecture: On Aldo Rossi by Diogo Seixas Lopes,


The 15th-century philosopher-cum-scientist Marsilio Ficino considered melancholy, one of the four humours designated by Aristotle, as not irrational but an adjunct to the highest form of reasoning. He claimed that the deep contemplation necessary to profound and original thought only came about in great men when under the sway of Saturn, the astronomical sign of melancholy. Hence the...

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