Architectonic Sector

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Architectonic compass. Name coined in eighteenth-century Britain in as translation of "Archisesto" (Architectonic Sector).



Ottavio Revese Bruti (16th-17th cent.)

Historic Period



Proportional compasses for drawing the architectural orders widely used in Britain, modelled after the "Archisesto" (Architectonic Sector) of Ottavio Revese Bruti.

Bibliographical Resources

Johnston, Stephen. Science, satire and the architectonic sector. XXV Symposium of the Scientific Instrument Commission, Krakow 2006.

Kirby, Joshua. The Description and Use of a New Instrument called an Architectonic Sector.... London, 1761.

Malie, Thomas. A New and Accurate Method of Delineating all the Parts of the Different Orders in Architecture. London, 1737.

Revese Bruti, Ottavio. Archisesto per formar con facilita li cinque ordini d'architettura; con altri particolari intorno la medesima professione. Vicenza, 1627.

Wittkover, Rudolf. Palladio and English Palladianism. Thames and Hudson, London, 1974.

Existing Instruments

Oxford, Museum of the History of Science, inv. 55213.
Oxford, Museum of the History of Science, inv. 76416.
Oxford, Museum of the History of Science, inv. 40175.


Author of the entry: Filippo Camerota

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