European Architecture 1750-1890

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This comprehensive examination of eighteenth and nineteenth-century architecture explores its extreme diversity within the context of tremendous social, economic and political upheaval. Never before had the functional requirements and expressive capacities of architecture been tested so thoroughly and with such diversity of invention. Bergdoll traces this experimentation in a broad range of contexts, focusing in particular on the relation of architectural design to new theories of history, new categories of scientific inquiry, and the broadening audience for architecture in this period of transformation. Unlike traditional surveys with long lists of buildings and architects, the themes are elucidated by in-depth coverage of key buildings which in turn are situated in both their local and European context.
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"A well-presented thematic survey of the subject. Affordable and readable. Especially good at addressing German and Central European development in a concise manner."--Linda Phipps, University of California, Berkeley

"Bergdoll gives a comprehensive survey with splendid chapters.... A very important addition to many architectural history courses!"--Nina James-Fowler, Smith College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192842220
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2000
  • Series: Oxford History of Art Series
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 265,395
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Barry Bergdoll is Professor of Art History at Columbia University in New York. Author and editor of numerous works on 19th century architecture, he has served as curator or curatorial consultant at the Musée d'Orsay, Canadian Centre for Architecture, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and has served as exhibitions editor of the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians.

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Table of Contents


Part I: Progress, Enlightenment, Experiment
Chapter 1: Neoclassicism: Science, Archaeology, and the Doctrin of Progress
Chapter 2: What is ENlightenment? The City and the Public, 1750-89
Chapter 3: Experimental Architecture: Landscape Gardens and Reform Institution

Part II: Revolutions
Chapter 4: Revolutionary Architecture

Part III: Nationalism, Historicism, Technology
Chapter 5: Nationalism and Stylistic Debates in Architecture
Chapter 6: Historicism and New Building Types
Chapter 7: New Technology and Architectural Form, 1851-90
Chapter 8: The City Transformed, 1848-90
Chapter 9: The Crisis of Historicism, 1870-93

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Introduction; 1. Neoclassicism: Science, Archaeology and the Doctrine of Progress; 2. What is Enlightenment? The city and the public, 1750-1789; 3. Sensationalism from landscape garden to the architecture of reform, 1750-1800; 4. Revolutionary Architecture; 5. Nationalism and Debates on Architectural Style; 6. Historicism and new building types; 7. New technology and architectural form; 8. The City Transformed; 9. Fin-de-Siècle; Bibliographical essay; Timeline; Glossary; Index.

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