Architectural Principles In The Age Of Humanism

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Sir Kenneth Clark wrote in the Architectural Review, that the first result of this book was “to dispose, once and for all, of the hedonist, or purely aesthetic, theory of Renaissance architecture,’ and this defines Wittkower’s intention in a nutshell.
A brief examination of the theory and practice of Renaissance architecture that draws attention to the values underlying this style
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Overview

Sir Kenneth Clark wrote in the Architectural Review, that the first result of this book was “to dispose, once and for all, of the hedonist, or purely aesthetic, theory of Renaissance architecture,’ and this defines Wittkower’s intention in a nutshell.
A brief examination of the theory and practice of Renaissance architecture that draws attention to the values underlying this style
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The latest revision in ten years of what has become a classic elucidation of the connections between the architecture and the culture of the Renaissance. First published in 1949 as volume 19 of the . The 50-year commemorative edition integrates the illustrations with the text and includes an edited selection of lectures by Wittkower (b. 1901), who removed from Germany to London ahead of the Nazis and became active in the Warburn Institute. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393005998
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/1971
  • Series: Academy Editions Series
  • Pages: 244
  • Sales rank: 987,719
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Rudolf Wittkower (1901-1971), a leading authority on the art and architecture of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, was born in Berlin and received his Ph.D. from the University of Berlin in 1923.
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Table of Contents

Pt. I The Centrally Planned Church and the Renaissance
1 Alberti's Programme of the Ideal Church 16
2 Centralized Churches in Later Architectural Theory 22
3 Building Practice: S. Maria delle Carceri 29
4 Bramante and Palladio 31
5 The Religious Symbolism of Centrally Planned Churches 38
Pt. II Alberti's Approach to Antiquity in Architecture
1 The Column in Alberti's Theory and Practice 41
2 S. Francesco at Rimini 43
3 S. Maria Novella 47
4 S. Sebastiano and S. Andrea at Mantua 51
5 The Change in Alberti's Interpretation of Classical Architecture 59
Pt. III Principles of Palladio's Architecture
1 The Architect as 'uomo universale': Palladio, Trissino and Barbaro 60
2 Palladio's Geometry: The Villas 67
3 Palladio and Classical Architecture: Palaces and Public Buildings 75
4 The Genesis of an Idea: Palladio's Church Facades 89
5 Palladio's Optical and Psychological Concepts: Il Redentore 97
Pt. IV The Problem of Harmonic Proportion in Architecture
1 Francesco Giorgi's Platonic Programme for S. Francesco della Vigna 104
2 The Mean Proportionals and Architecture 107
3 Alberti's 'Generation' of Ratios 111
4 Musical Consonances and the Visual Arts 113
5 Palladio's 'fugal' System of Proportion 119
6 Palladio's Ratios and the Development of Sixteenth-Century Musical Theory 123
7 The Break-away from the Laws of Harmonic Proportion in Architecture 130
App. I Francesco Giorgi's Memorandum for S. Francesco della Vigna 138
App. II The Problem of the Commensurability of Ratios in the Renaissance 140
App. III Bibliographical Notes on the Theory of Proportion 142
App. IV Proportion in Art and Architecture: an amalgamation of previously unpublished lectures by Professor Wittkower 145
Index 156
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