Non-Profit Orientation. The authors have produced the Students' Guide to Italian Renaissance Architecture at their own expense.  They wanted to see what could be accomplished if profit was not the goal and a deadline did not limit the scope.  This e-book is freely available for personal and educational use.  Commercial use or the production of derivative products are prohibited.  (See User License Agreement)


Origin of the Project.  The project originated with classroom efforts to improve student understanding and stimulate interest in architecture by creating pictorial explanations.  Using an e-book format made it possible to create a complete cultural context by providing links to explanatory text and graphics.  The result combines qualities of both a chronological survey and a series of reference books.


Authors.  The Students’ Guide to Italian Renaissance Architecture was produced over the past two decades through a collaboration between an art historian, Margaret Herke, and a computer programmer, John Herke. After receiving an M.A., Margaret completed course work for a Ph.D. with an Art History core at Florida State University.  She taught art history and humanities at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro and the North Carolina University of the Arts in Winston-Salem. 


Production.  The e-book was initially produced by John Herke using Microsoft's Multimedia Viewer authoring software.  Conversion to XHTML, a universal platform, and administration of the website were performed by Tom Armstrong, Senior Consultant of TECH Genesis Co., Inc., using EC-Software's Help and Manual authoring program, along with other editing tools.  Current maintenance and additional features will be accomplished using Help and Manual.


Assistance and Image Sharing.  The authors are especially grateful to Dr. Karen Lloyd and Dr. Lisa Tice for assistance in correcting errors and editing.  Lisa also contributed many photographs of architectural monuments, and Karen also wrote much of the material on women as patrons.  Thanks also to Dr. Kandice Rawlings, who edited part of the Reference section.  The authors also wish to thank Dr. Maia Gahtan for taking many of the photographs, reading early versions, and supplying preliminary notes for several of the Reference sections.


Special thanks are due to Dr. Constance Moffatt for contributing photographs taken of the Vigevano piazza and providing student feedback.   Special thanks are also due to Dr. Nicholas Adams for suggestions about content, a completion strategy, and permission to use many of his photographs of Italian fortifications. Thanks are due to Dr. Simon Pepper for permission to use many drawings of fortifications that he prepared.


We wish to thank the members of the College Art Association and the Society of Architectural Historians who responded to our ads offering CD discs of the program when we were attempting to achieve a peer review to determine whether to convert the Windows software to a universal platform.  The authors also wish to thank friends and family members who contributed pictures to the project.  We also wish to thank Peggy Armstrong for advice on organizing and formatting text. 


Thanks are also due to Statler Gilfillen for introducing us to the world of online book acquisition. Since we began this e-book long before public-domain images were readily available online, our collection of public-domain images consisted only of those that we had scanned from out of copyright books owned by university libraries.  His advice was crucial in facilitating our acquisition of out-of-copyright books from which we scanned additional essential images.


Graphic Images and B&W Photographs.  Except where noted on the image, the graphic images and black and white photographs are in the public domain.  Most have been scanned by the authors from folios and books borrowed from university libraries or purchased from used-book dealers.  Any re-use of images that are overlaid with explanatory graphics or labels must be accompanied by notices acknowledging this e-book as the source.


Color Photographs.  Color photographs are not in the public domain and are subject to copyright law.  Many photographs are used under license from licensing agencies, and many have been used by consent of the individuals who took them (see “Assistance and Image Sharing” above). Any use of these images must adhere to the licensing terms in the High Rock Interactive End User License Agreement, whose restrictions are in keeping with the licenses through which the images are made available. The licensed works include images from the following:


1)Corel Incorporated.  Over 300  photographic images have been leased from Corel Corporation in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  Copyright © 2015 High Rock Interactive, LLC and Corel Corporation


2)Planet Art.  Many of the images illustrating art works were leased from Planet Art, Beverly Hills, CA.


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