Janello Torriani, known in the Spanish-speaking world as Juanelo Turriano (Cremona, Italy ca. 1500 – Toledo, Spain 1585), is the greatest among Renaissance inventors and constructors of machines. Contemporary literates and mathematicians celebrated Janello Torriani and his creations in their writings. It is striking how such fame turned into nearly complete oblivion, leaving only a few clues of a blurred and distorted memory dispersed here and there. This book wishes to show the central role that artisans formed in the Vitruvian tradition played in demonstrating through practical mathematics an increasing and positive control over Nature, a step rooted in humanist culture and foundational for the understanding of those historical processes known as the Scientific and the Industrial Revolutions.
Cristiano Zanetti received his Ph.D. in History of Science and Technology at the History and Civilization Department of the European University Institute of Fiesole (2012). He has published monographs and articles on Medieval Archaeology and Renaissance Science and Technology, and is active in Public History projects and organizing exhibitions to disseminate the results of his research.