Italian Architecture: From Michelangelo to Borromini

Overview

The years from 1520 to 1630 were crucial to the development of Western architecture, but to reduce the transition from Michelangelo's "licentious" New Sacristy in Florence to Borromini's innovative S. Carlo alle Quattro Fontane to the label Mannerist is coming to seem unduly simplistic. Andrew Hopkins stresses the variety of ideas being tried out at this time in response to the changing demands of function, patronage, politics and local traditions, exploring a wide range of Italian buildings (including those ...
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Overview

The years from 1520 to 1630 were crucial to the development of Western architecture, but to reduce the transition from Michelangelo's "licentious" New Sacristy in Florence to Borromini's innovative S. Carlo alle Quattro Fontane to the label Mannerist is coming to seem unduly simplistic. Andrew Hopkins stresses the variety of ideas being tried out at this time in response to the changing demands of function, patronage, politics and local traditions, exploring a wide range of Italian buildings (including those outside the major centers), and introducing dozens of neglected architects whose works will come as a revelation. By 1630, a consensus had emerged and architecture took on a new dynamism that would soon conquer Italy, Europe and the New World: the Baroque.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500203613
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Series: World of Art Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 7
Chapter 1 Michelangelo and his contemporaries
Michelangelo 10
Michelangelo's contemporaries 19
North-eastern Italy 32
Papal Rome 42
Florence and the Medici 53
Genoa and Milan 63
Chapter 2 Urbanism, building types and treatises
Urbanism and fortifications 76
Public buildings 85
Churches 94
Palaces 108
Villas 117
Treatises 128
Chapter 3 Scamozzi, Maderno and their contemporaries
Venice and the Veneto: Vincenzo Scamozzi 138
The Spanish-ruled South 145
The Rome of Della Porta and Maderno 157
Some duchies and the Papal States 168
North-western Italy 179
Longhena, Cortona, Bernini and Borromini: the creation of the Baroque 188
Epilogue 202
Select Bibliography 211
Sources of Illustrations 215
Index 216
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