Reassessing Nikolaus Pevsner

Reassessing Nikolaus Pevsner

by Peter Draper, William Vaughan
     
 

Nikolaus Pevsner was one of the most important and influential art historians of the twentieth century. He opened up new areas of enquiry in the history of art, revolutionising architectural studies in England and playing a key role in establishing the discipline of design history. Through his lectures and broadcasts, as well as the remarkable volumes in The Buildings… See more details below

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Nikolaus Pevsner was one of the most important and influential art historians of the twentieth century. He opened up new areas of enquiry in the history of art, revolutionising architectural studies in England and playing a key role in establishing the discipline of design history. Through his lectures and broadcasts, as well as the remarkable volumes in The Buildings of England series which made him a household name, he did much to encourage greater interest in, and understanding of, art and architecture among a wide public. This wide-ranging collection of essays, based on papers delivered at the Conference held at Birkbeck in celebration of the centenary of Pevsner's birth, offers the first sustained critical assessment of Pevsner's achievements. With contributions by leading international scholars, the volume brings together a wealth of new material on Pevsner and his intellectual background, both in Germany in the late 1920s and 1930s and in England, particularly in the 1940s and 1950s.

Contents: Introduction, Paul Crossley
The intellectual background: The formation of Pevsner's art history: Nikolaus Pevsner in Germany 1902-35, Ute Engel
Germanness, Englishness
Jewishness, scientificness, popularisation?, Stefan Muthesius
Writer and editor: Nikolaus Pevsner's contributions as editor of the Pelican History of Art series, Seymour Slive
Pevsner the writer, Adrian Forty
Englishness and English tradition: Nikolaus Pevsner and medieval studies in Britain, Nicola Coldstream
Nikolaus Pevsner and the architectural writers of the C19th, Alexandrina Buchanan
'The greatest century': Pevsner, Victorian architecture and the lay public, Lynne Walker
What counts as art in England: how Pevsner's minor canons became major, Ian Christie
Pevsner and Englishness, Andrew Causey
Pevsner and the Modern: Good design in British industry, 1950-56, Gillian Naylor
The rediscovery of 'the picturesque' Nikolaus Pevsner and the work of architects and planners after World War II, Michela Rosso
The puzzled Lieber Meister: Pevsner and Reyner Banham, Nigel Whiteley
Bibliography
Index.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754635826
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
05/01/2004
Series:
British Art and Visual Culture since 1750: New Readings Series
Pages:
262
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of contributors
Preface
Introduction1
Pt. 1The intellectual background
1The formation of Pevsner's art history : Nikolaus Pevsner in Germany 1902-193529
2Germanness, Englishness, Jewishness, scientifcness, popularization?57
Pt. 2Writer and editor
3Nikolaus Pevsner's contribution as editor of The pelican history of art series73
4Pevsner the writer87
5Nikolaus Pevsner and the architectural writers of the nineteenth century95
Pt. 3Englishness and English tradition
6Nikolaus Pevsner and medieval studies in Britain113
7"The greatest century" : Pevsner, Victorian architecture and the lay public129
8What counts as art in England : how Pevsner's minor canons became major149
9Pevsner and Englishness161
Pt. 4Pevsner and the modern
10Good design in British industry 1930-56177
11'The rediscovery of the picturesque' Nikolaus Pevsner and the work of architects and planners during and after the Second World War195
12The puzzled lieber Meister : Pevsner and Reyner Banham213
Bibliography235
Index243

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