Sebastiano Serlio. Libro estraordinario di Sebastiano Serlio Bolognese.Venice, 1566.
Architect Sebastiano Serlio (c1475 - c.1554) was part of the Italian team responsible for the building of the French Royal Palace at Fontainebleau. Although he began his career as a painter, his importance is as an architectural theorist. His published works were intended to provide practical guides for contemporary craftsmen. Unlike many of the books of architecture of the day, in which the text was the most important element, Serlio made abundant use of illustration to convey information. It is widely acknowledged that Serlio’s treatises on architecture were largely responsible for the spread of Renaissance architectural principles throughout Europe.