Western Architecture (World of Art)

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Western Architecture is an original and far-reaching survey of the history of architecture in Europe and North America, from ancient Greece to the present.
From the earliest classical temples to today's achievements, over two thousand years of Western architectural history are summarized. Every architectural style is the product of an ideology, and the author shows how the buildings of Greece and Rome, of the Early Christian and Byzantine centuries, of the Gothic Middle Ages, ...

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Overview

Western Architecture is an original and far-reaching survey of the history of architecture in Europe and North America, from ancient Greece to the present.
From the earliest classical temples to today's achievements, over two thousand years of Western architectural history are summarized. Every architectural style is the product of an ideology, and the author shows how the buildings of Greece and Rome, of the Early Christian and Byzantine centuries, of the Gothic Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the Enlightenment grew out of their respective cultures. In the nineteenth century the story in Europe and North America became more complicated, with the competing forces of Romanticism and industrial functionalism leading to apparently contradictory results—a situation that continues today in the clash between postmodernism and high-tech. But perspectives change, and every decade has its own views of the past. Eastern Europe has inevitably been underrepresented in Western criticism since 1945; Czech Baroque, Polish Neoclassicism, and Hungarian Art Nouveau provide some unexpected revelations. Illustrated throughout with photographs closely linked to the text, this is a guide for the student and general reader to follow into the twenty-first century.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500203163
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Series: World of Art Series
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Ch. 1 Prologue: Laying the Foundations - Greece and Rome 10
Ch. 2 The Christian Legacy of Rome 24
Ch. 3 Beginning Again: Carolingian and Romanesque 38
Ch. 4 The Gothic Centuries 74
Ch. 5 The Renaissance: Ancient Rome 'Reborn' 126
Ch. 6 Baroque and Anti-Baroque 168
Ch. 7 The Return of Classicism 224
Ch. 8 'In What Style Shall We Build?' 268
Ch. 9 After Style, Modernism 304
Ch. 10 Epilogue: After Modernism, Style 354
Glossary 372
Further Reading 375
Acknowledgments and Illustration Credits 376
Index 377
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