Outline of European Architecture / Edition 7

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One of the most widely read boks on European architecture, Nikolaus Pevsner's landmarkwork was first published in 1942. Through several revisions and updates during Pevsner's lifetime, itcontinued to be a seminal essay on the subject, and even after his death, it remains as stimulatingas it was back in the mid-twentieth century.
Sir Nikolaus Pevsner (1902-1983) was one of the twentieth century's most learned and stimulatingwriters on art and architecture. He established his reputation with Pioneers of Modern Design, thoughhe is probably best known for his celebrated series of guides, The Buildings of England, acknowledged asone of the great achievements of twentieth-century scholarship. He was also founding editor of ThePelican History of Art, the most comprehensive and scholarly history of art ever published in English.
A revised and updated full-color edition of the classic study of the history of European architecture
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140135244
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/15/1991
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 7.76 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Sir Nikolaus Pevsner (1902–1983) was one of the twentieth century’s most learned and stimulating writers on art and architecture.
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THE GREEK TEMPLE is the most perfect example ever achieved of architecture finding its fulfilment in bodily beauty. Its interior mattered infinitely less than its exterior. The colonnade all round conceals where the entrance lies. The faithful did not enter it and spend hours of communication with the Divine in it, as they do in a church. Our Western conception of space would have been just as unintelligible to a man of Pericles's age as our religion. It is the plastic shape of the temple that tells, placed before us with a physical presence more intense, more alive than that of any later building. The isolation of the Parthenon or the temples of Paestum, clearly disconnected from the ground on which they stand, the columns with their resilient curves, strong enough to carry without too much visible effort the weight of the architraves, the sculptured friezes and sculptured pediments - there is something consummately human in all this, life in the brightest lights of nature and mind: nothing harrowing, nothing problematic and obscure, nothing blurred.
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Table of Contents

Preface by Michael Forsyth 6

Foreword 8

Introduction 10

Twilight and Dawn From the fourth to the tenth century 12

The Romanesque Style c. 1000-c. 1200 30

The Early and Classic Gothic Style c. 1150-c. 1250 50

The Late Gothic Style c.1250-c. 1500 72

Renaissance and Mannerism c.1420-c. 1600 96

The Baroque in the Roman Catholic Countries c.1600-c. 1760 128

Britain and France from the Sixteenth to the Eighteenth Century 152

The Romantic Movement, Historicism, and The Beginning of the Modern Movement 1760-1914 186

The Modern Movement 216

Postscript by Michael Forsyth 234

Footnotes 242

Bibliography 244

Some Technical Terms Explained 246

Index 248

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