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Western Architecture : A Survey from Ancient Greece to the Present - Ian Sutton

Western Architecture

A Survey from Ancient Greece to the Present

Paperback Published: 31st January 2000
ISBN: 9780500203163
Number Of Pages: 384

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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.

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Easily the most accessible introduction to western architecture, this short survey is at the same time remarkably comprehensive, taking in the whole history of building in Europe and North America over the last 2,500 years. It is also an original and far-reaching account. The history of architecture, it argues, is not simply a matter of dates, architects and styles, but also the way that buildings are experienced and the ideas that lie behind them. Architecture is both a utilitarian activity - people have to live, work and worship in buildings - and an art form, as expressive and exciting as painting and sculpture (and often more so!). This book traces the ways in which these two processes have co-existed. The story of western architecture is, of course, an old story, but Ian Sutton retells it in a new and refreshing way, showing how social and technological changes have conditioned the way buildings were conceived, from Greece and Rome through to the astonishing flowering of opportunities and skills in the 19th and 20th centuries. All the familiar names have their place in the book, but new perspectives and up-to-date research also provide many fresh insights. An admirable guide for anyone who wishes to know more about the buildings around them. (Kirkus UK)

Introductionp. 7
Prologue: Laying the Foundations - Greece and Romep. 10
The Christian Legacy of Romep. 24
Beginning Again: Carolingian and Romanesquep. 38
The Gothic Centuriesp. 74
The Renaissance: Ancient Rome 'Reborn'p. 126
Baroque and Anti-Baroquep. 168
The Return of Classicismp. 224
'In What Style Shall We Build?'p. 268
After Style, Modernismp. 304
Epilogue: After Modernism, Stylep. 354
Glossaryp. 372
Further Readingp. 375
Acknowledgments and Illustration Creditsp. 376
Indexp. 377
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ISBN: 9780500203163
ISBN-10: 0500203164
Series: World of Art
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 31st January 2000
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.75
Edition Number: 1

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