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Hardcover New One of the most widely read boks on European architecture, Nikolaus Pevsner's landmarkwork was first published in 1942. Through several revisions and updates ... during Pevsner's lifetime, itcontinued to be a seminal essay on the subject, and even after his death, it remains as stimulatingas it was back in the mid-twentieth century. Sir Nikolaus Pevsner (1902-1983) was one of the twentieth century's most learned and stimulatingwriters on art and architecture. He established his reputation with Pioneers of Modern Design, thoughhe is probably best known for his celebrated series of guides, The Buildings of England, acknowledged asone of the great achievements of twentieth-century scholarship. He was also founding editor of ThePelican History of Art, the most comprehensive and scholarly history of art ever published in English. A revised and updated full-color edition of the classic study of the history of European architecture Read more Show Less

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'A definitive and personal overview of the buildings that make European cities the glories they are, written by one of the great critics of the century.'
Sir John Tusa The Guardian.

For over sixty years Sir Nikolaus Pevsner's study of European architecture has been regarded as a seminal work which has inspired countless students of architecture. In this updated large format edition with elegant and accessible design, an extra dimension is provided through the integration of over 200 superb colour photographs and new plans. Pevsner's claim that 'the good architect requires the sculptor's and the painter's modes of vision' is fully substantiated in this glorious volume.

Pevsner believed that the history of architecture was primarily a history of man shaping space. With this as his starting point, he reviewed the most beautiful and dramatic structures that represent the styles and cultures of Europe from the fourth century onwards. His grand tour of Romanesque basilicas, Gothic cathedrals, Renaissance villas and Baroque churches, eloquently defines 'the changing spirits of the changing ages'. In later chapters he considers the revival of medieval forms in the age of Romanticism and the Arts and Crafts Movement through to the radical and unsparing geometry of twentieth-century Modernism. His survey concluded in the post-war years and the start of the redefinition of many devastated cityscapes and in a new preface and an illuminating postscript the architect and academic Michael Forsyth brings the review right up to the present day. In a consideration of recent buildings in Europe by modern masters such as James Stirling, Norman Foster and Frank Gehry, he identifies a natural evolution of architectural achievement.

Through such a perceptive understanding of the heritage of past civilisations, and in the delineation of the buildings that continue to be recognized as the greatest symbols of artistic endeavour, Pevsner continues to be as stimulating and relevant as ever.

Pevsner believed that the history of architecture was primarily a history of man shaping space. With this as his starting point, he reviewed the most beautiful and dramatic structures that represent the styles and cultures of Europe from the fourth century onwards. His grand tour of Romanesque basilicas, Gothic cathedrals, Renaissance villas and Baroque churches, eloquently defines 'the changing spirits of the changing ages'. In later chapters he considers the revival of medieval forms in the age of Romanticism and the Arts and Crafts Movement through to the radical and unsparing geometry of twentieth-century Modernism. His survey concluded in the post-war years and the start of the redefinition of many devastated cityscapes and in a new preface and an illuminating postscript the architect and academic Michael Forsyth brings the review right up to the present day. In a consideration of recent buildings in Europe by modern masters such as James Stirling, Norman Foster and Frank Gehry, he identifies a natural evolution of architectural achievement.

Through such a perceptive understanding of the heritage of past civilisations, and in the delineation of the buildings that continue to be recognized as the greatest symbols of artistic endeavour, Pevsner continues to be as stimulating and relevant as ever.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781423604938
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.86 (w) x 11.26 (h) x 1.17 (d)

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Sir Nikolaus Pevsner (1902–1983) was one of the twentieth century’s most learned and stimulating writers on art and architecture.
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THE GREEK TEMPLE is the most perfect example ever achieved of architecture finding its fulfilment in bodily beauty. Its interior mattered infinitely less than its exterior. The colonnade all round conceals where the entrance lies. The faithful did not enter it and spend hours of communication with the Divine in it, as they do in a church. Our Western conception of space would have been just as unintelligible to a man of Pericles's age as our religion. It is the plastic shape of the temple that tells, placed before us with a physical presence more intense, more alive than that of any later building. The isolation of the Parthenon or the temples of Paestum, clearly disconnected from the ground on which they stand, the columns with their resilient curves, strong enough to carry without too much visible effort the weight of the architraves, the sculptured friezes and sculptured pediments - there is something consummately human in all this, life in the brightest lights of nature and mind: nothing harrowing, nothing problematic and obscure, nothing blurred.
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Table of Contents

Preface by Michael Forsyth 6

Foreword 8

Introduction 10

Twilight and Dawn From the fourth to the tenth century 12

The Romanesque Style c. 1000-c. 1200 30

The Early and Classic Gothic Style c. 1150-c. 1250 50

The Late Gothic Style c.1250-c. 1500 72

Renaissance and Mannerism c.1420-c. 1600 96

The Baroque in the Roman Catholic Countries c.1600-c. 1760 128

Britain and France from the Sixteenth to the Eighteenth Century 152

The Romantic Movement, Historicism, and The Beginning of the Modern Movement 1760-1914 186

The Modern Movement 216

Postscript by Michael Forsyth 234

Footnotes 242

Bibliography 244

Some Technical Terms Explained 246

Index 248

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