Documentary 52 minutes

Title Discovering Vitruvius
Genre History
Duration 1 x 52'
Year 2020
Format 4K
Directed by Henry Secchiaroli
Script by Federica Biondi, Pietro Conversano, Henry Secchiaroli
Music by
Michele Mucciacito


Leonardo Da Vinci - the most brilliant scientist, painter, architect and writer of the Renaissance and Marcus Vitruvius Pollio, official of the genius, at the service of Julius Caesar and successively architect and engineer of the Emperor Octavian Augustus. Vitruvius developed the most ancient and important treatise on architecture, destined to become a reference model, the starting point for all research and all disciplines: arithmetic, geometry, drawing, acoustics, astronomy, optics, medicine, law, history, mythology, philosophy.


Who is Vitruvius and where does he come from? Tired of death and destruction, Marcus Vitruvius Pollio was summoned by Emperor Caesar Octavian Augustus, who proposed to him, at the end of his career, to reshape the political-administrative urban planning of the Roman colonies, especially in central-northern Italy. This meeting also occurred with the favor of Octavia, the emperor's elder half-sister, who seemed to have a particular interest in the writer. We suppose that this meeting took place on the outskirts of Fano (Fanum Fortunae), the Colony Julia Fanestris, as reported in a detailed passage of Vitruvius’ "De Architectura", where the - then old - Latin treatise writer recalls designing, conceiving and supervising the construction of a judicial basilica that has yet to be found.


The scientific investigation, in collaboration with the most important experts in the field such as Prof. Pierre Gros, Paolo Clini, Ingrid Rowland, Francesco Di Teodoro, Howard Burns, Mario Luni, lead us to increasingly believe that Marcus Vitruvius Pollio not only comes from Fano (Fanum Fortunae), but that he has also built, in addition to the judicial basilica, the Arch of Augustus, the town walls, the theatre and the forum of the city of Fortunae. And that it is also known that his treatise has influenced, in addition to the master Leonardo Da Vinci, the masters of Western world architecture, from the Renaissance to the present day: Raffaello Sanzio, Andrea Palladio, to name a few.