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Filarete (Florence, ca. 1400 - after 1465)

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Apart from questions relating to the shape and decoration of buildings, the text also discusses engineering and fortification, and illustrates the materials and techniques used on fifteenth-century construction sites.

There are also references to the method of excavating building foundations underwater, to metalworking processes, and to weight-lifting systems. The text describes various mechanical devices such as a hydraulic crane and a revolving tower.

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