This is a comprehensive monograph on the most lavish, whimsical, and inventive era in the history of architecture, from the cathedrals of Rome to the palaces of Russia.
It is beautifully illustrated and written by two authorities on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century art and architecture, leads the reader through the major styles and trends of Baroque architecture throughout Europe and beyond, and provides a fascinating account of how the Baroque developed in relation to the unique urban culture of each nation where the style became popular.
To admire the undulating facade of Romeas San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane, to walk through the Palace of Versailles' lavish succession of rooms, or to marvel at the seemingly endless array of columns and windows in St. Petersburg's Winter Palace is to observe architecture in the act of glorifying the key powers of the day, the empire, wealth, the Church, and even mankind's inventiveness.
In-depth coverage of the architecture of France and Italy is coupled with serious analysis on how the style developed in Spain, Portugal, Poland, Russia, and Scandinavia, as well as in the Spanish and Portuguese colonies in the Americas.
Giving the richest and most complete account of its history to date, this is an essential introduction to Baroque architecture for the general reader.
About the Author
Frederique Lemerle is author of several books and articles on Baroque architecture. She is the director of research at the Centre d'Etudes Supérieures de la Renaissance (C.N.R.S.), in Tours, France. Yves Pauwels is professor of art history and architecture at the University of Tours. He has written several books on architecture of the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries, including Renaissance Architecture (1998), co-authored with Frédérique Lemerle.
"This is a wonderful book for artists and architects as well as anyone who enjoys a tour of the great cities of Europe." "Newsday
""A fine addition to any architecture library." "PaperCity Magazine Houston
""A luscious feat of publishing...completely astounding." Joyhog.com
|Figures of Effectiveness||p. 14|
|New urban sensibilities, new cities: the age of town planning||p. 16|
|The apogee of military architecture||p. 20|
|The circulation of ideas and forms: architecture on paper||p. 29|
|Italian Architectural Rhetoric||p. 42|
|Rome, the great workshop of the Baroque||p. 44|
|Baroque Italy||p. 82|
|Architecture a la francaise||p. 104|
|Changes in taste||p. 106|
|The acme of the French manner||p. 116|
|The Hispanic World||p. 162|
|Architecture in Spain and in Portugal||p. 164|
|The South American colonies||p. 182|
|Baroque in Northern and Eastern Europe||p. 188|
|Architecture in the Germanic lands and Eastern Europe||p. 190|
|Northern Europe||p. 207|
|The Close of the Baroque Era||p. 225|
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Number Of Pages: 247
Published: 27th October 2008
Dimensions (cm): 29.5 x 22.4 x 3.0
Weight (kg): 1.713