Tracing Architecture: The Aesthetics of Antiquarianism / Edition 1

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Tracing Architecture looks at the impact that knowledge of ancient Egyptian, Greek, Roman and British architecture had on aesthetic attitudes and architectural design. It explores the changing relationship between text and image in an era before the introduction of mass mechanical reproduction.

  • Discusses the discovery of the ancient world through the medium of print in the long eighteenth century.
  • Looks at the impact that knowledge of ancient Egyptian, Greek, Roman and British architecture had on aesthetic attitudes and architectural design.
  • Considers the interrelationship between architecture, antiquity and aesthetics in a pan-European context.
  • Explores the changing relationship between text and image in an era before the introduction of mass mechanical reproduction.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405105354
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/28/2003
  • Series: Art History Special Issues Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Dana Arnold is Professor of Architectural History, University of Southampton and Director of the Centre for Studies in Architecture and Urbanism.

Her recent publications include Re-presenting the Metropolis: Architecture, urban experience and social life in London (2000); The Georgian Country House: Architecture, landscape and society (1998) and the edited volumes The Metropolis and its Image Constructing identities for London c 1750-1950 (1999) and The Georgian Villa (1996, 1998 paperback). Professor Arnold also has research interests in the field of Art History and she is General Editor of three series New Interventions in Art History, Companions to Art History and Anthologies in Art History published by Blackwell and Editor of the journal Art History. She appears regularly on Radio 3 and 4 and has published widely in the architectural and academic press.

Stephen Bending is a Lecturer in the English Department at Southampton University.

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Table of Contents


Tracing Architecture: the aesthetics of antiquarianism (Dana Arnold and Stephen Bending).

Monuments and Texts: Antiquarianism and the beauty of antiquity (Maria Grazia Lolla).

Facts or Fragments? Visual histories in the age of mechanical reproduction (Dana Arnold).

The Sources and Fortunes of Piranesi’s Archaeological Illustrations (Susan M. Dixon).

Antiquity and Improvement in the National Landscape: the Buck’s views of antiquities 1726-42 (Andrew Kennedy).

Data, Documentation and Display in Eighteenth-Century Investigations of Exeter Cathedral (Sam Smiles).

Every Man is Naturally an Antiquarian: Francis Grose and polite antiquities (Stephen Bending).

Voyage: Dominique-Vivant Denon and the transference of images of Egypt (Abigail Harrison Moore).

Specimens of Antient Sculpture: Imperialism and the decline of art (Andrew Ballantyne).


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