"Squadra Scamozziana" (Square by Vincenzo Scamozzi)

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Name documented by the inventor but coined by others.



Vincenzo Scamozzi

Historic Period

16th-17th C.


Instrument for architectural and topographic measurements invented by Vincenzo Scamozzi and composed of two squares with unequal sides, four and two feet long respectively, one of which is fixed, the other mobile. In his treatise on architecture, Scamozzi describes it as follows: "Of our own invention we formed two squares joined together, having one side four feet long and the others half that dimension: one of them was fixed, with the angle pointing downward, and perpendicular, and the other mobile, divided into ounces and minutes … and those who used it then called it the Squadra Scamozziana".

Bibliographical Resources

Scamozzi, Vincenzo, L’idea della architettura universale, Venezia, 1615, Parte I, Lib. II, Cap. VIII, p. 124.

Author of the entry: Filippo Camerota

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