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Classical Architecture: An Introduction to Its Vocabulary and Essentials, with Special Terms Glossary / Edition 2

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

Carroll William Westfall - APT Bulletin
“Curl's book is a useful alternative to the orthodox architectural histories of classicism. Enhancing its utility are its index, clearly drawn plans, useful glossary drawn largely from his A Dictionary of Architecture and extensive illustrations . . . . Anyone who delights in the best that the art of building can provide will value this book.”
Nicole V. Gagne - Traditional Building
“One of the definitive works on architectural thought and practice.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393731194
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/19/2003
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 496,627
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

James Stevens Curl is Professor of Architectural History and Senior Research Fellow at The Queen's University, Belfast. He received his doctorate at University College, London, and in 1991-92 was Visiting Fellow at Peterhouse, University of Cambridge. His many books include The Victorian Celebration of Death, The Oxford Dictionary of Architecture, The English Heritage Book of Victorian Churches, and The Art and Architecture of Freemasonry (winner of the Sir Banister Fletcher Award as Best Book of the Year, 1992).

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Table of Contents

Illustration Sources 6
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
VII Epilogue 169
Glossary 171
Select Bibliography 223
Index 226
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