This exhibition highlights the ways in which architectural books were developed from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries to display the military and political power of European rulers and states. Drawing on a collection first assembled in the 1950s and continually enriched with new acquisitions, it also explains how books on military architecture are used by scholars today.
Politics and Ballistics is part of a city-wide coalition of Chicago-area universities, libraries, and other institutions that are commemorating the 500th anniversary of the printing of the first illustrated architecture book: an edition of Vitruvius’ important architectural treatise: De Architectura libri decem (Ten Books of Architecture). Visit the Festival of the Architecture Book 1511-2011 website for more information and programming.
Visit the online version of Ballistics and Politics: Military Architecture Books at the Newberry.
All exhibitions at the Newberry are free and open to the public.
Galleries are open Monday, Friday, and Saturday from 8:15 am to 5 pm; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:15 am to 7:30 pm.