Renaissance Theater Design

A look at the role of Palladio, Serlio, Sabbattini and Furttenbach in Renaissance theater design.

This paper analyzes the roles of Palladio, Serlio, Sabbattini and Furttenbach and their contribution to Italian theaters in the Renaissance period and in theaters of today. The paper discusses how they secured worldwide recognition through their brilliant innovative ideas and architectural designs. The paper shows how the principles which they established can still be viewed in today’s theaters, for example in lighting, mechanism, special effects and scenario changing tactics.
Today English and Italian theaters still resonate the creations of yester years. Renowned names like Adriaan van De Venne and Serlio and their works are still applied in today’s building architecture. Although these gurus started out as theatrical designers their works have a great influence on the modern day masonry designing. What made the role of theaters most significant in the olden days was the fact that audiences were presented with plays up front. The background of the plays, the effects as well as the sound played an important role in enhancing the story line. In the Renaissance period plays acted as a medium for transference of culture and social messages, the theaters acted as a tool for enhancing the message. In this manner, Renaissance theaters proved important tools for transferring the modernized culture to the public of today.