Congresos de la Universitat Politècnica de València, FORTMED2015 - International Conference on Modern Age Fortifications of the Western Mediterranean coast

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Designing defenses: the Marquis of Leganés and Jesuit Father Francesco Antonio Camassa, expert in military art. Progettare le difese: il marchese di Leganés e il padre gesuita Francesco Antonio Camassa, esperto di arte militare
Annalisa Dameri

Última modificación: 20-07-2015



The “notable campaña del año 1639” sees the Spanish-Lombard troops, led by the Marquis of Leganés, Don Diego Felipe de Guzman, invade the Savoy Piedmont, alley of France, occupy different cities and get dangerously close to Turin. With the Spanish occupation, brief and fleeting, some cities and villages see change its fortified perimeter and the relationship with the surrounding area. Traces of the "Spanish" drawings, if not immediately made, are visible in the rear projects and, in some cases, the execution goes to modify indelibly the urban conformation. The Marquis of Leganés, the soldiers and engineers of his following are undisputed protagonists of "notable campaña": an atlas of drawings preserved in the National Library of Spain allows to identify projects and realizations. Among all, it emerges the figure of the Jesuit Father Francesco Antonio Camassa, professor of mathematics and military art at the Imperial College of Madrid, spiritual father of Leganés, but also designer and consultant in military fortifications.

Keywords: Military architecture, Jesuits mathematics, Francesco Antonio Camassa, Savoy Piedmont.


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