Alberti's Doric ring. In his c.1450 treatise De re aedificatoria, Leon Battista Alberti,
Italian Renaissance architect and theorist, revived and codified the 'canons' for the five
orders of columns, as first described by the ancient Roman architect Vitruvius in
De Architectura.

Of these, the Doric order (second from the left), the most masculine of the orders, was
deemed appropriate for temples dedicated to male saints. A foundation of ancient
architecture, it is also the order used, in giant form, on the Parthenon, in Athens, Greece.

It differs from the Ionic, Corinthian and Composite columns, in that it is comprised of
only 20 flutes.

Done in the antique style.

Included in the Architecture as Ornament exhibition, June 2007.

Sterling silver. In men's and women's sizes.



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