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Reassessing Nikolaus Pevsner
     

Reassessing Nikolaus Pevsner

by Peter Draper
 

ISBN-10: 0754635821

ISBN-13: 9780754635826

Pub. Date: 05/01/2004

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754635826
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
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

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; Nikolaus Pevsner and the architectural writers of the nineteenth century, Alexandrina Buchanan; Englishness and English tradition: Nikolaus Pevsner and medieval studies in Britain, Nicola Coldstream; '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 the Second World War, Michela Rosso; The puzzled lieber Meister: Pevsner and Reyner Banham, Nigel Whiteley; Bibliography; Index.

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