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This well-illustrated book describes the fundamental principles and various aspects of classical architecture, including a detailed, illustrated glossary that is almost a dictionary of classical architecture in itself.
Professor James Stevens Curl discusses in clear, straightforward language the origins of classical architecture in Greek and Roman antiquity and outlines its continuous development, through its various manifestations during the Renaissance, its transformations in Baroque and Rococo phases, its reemergence in eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and twentieth-century Neoclassicism, and its survival into the modern era. The text and illustrations celebrate the richness of the classical architectural vocabulary, grammar, and language, and demonstrate the enormous range of themes and motifs found in the subject.
All those who wish to look at buildings old and new with an informed eye will find in this book a rich fund of material, and the basis for an understanding of a fecund source of architectural design that has been at the heart of western culture for over two and a half millennia.
|Preface to the Second Edition||7|
|Preface to the First Edition||9|
|I||Introduction: What is Classical Architecture? A few definitions||11|
|II||The Orders of Architecture and their Application||15|
|III||The Graeco-Roman Roots of Classical Architecture||55|
|IV||The Renaissance Period||65|
|V||Baroque, Rococo, and Palladianism||105|
|VI||Neoclassicism and After||145|