The Art of Building in the Classical World: Vision, Craftsmanship, and Linear Perspective in Greek and Roman Architecture (Google eBook)

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 14, 2011 - Art
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This book examines the application of drawing in the design process of classical architecture, exploring how the tools and techniques of drawing developed for architecture subsequently shaped theories of vision and representations of the universe in science and philosophy. Building on recent scholarship that examines and reconstructs the design process of classical architecture, John R. Senseney focuses on technical drawing in the building trade as a model for the expression of visual order, showing that the techniques of ancient Greek drawing actively determined concepts about the world. He argues that the uniquely Greek innovations of graphic construction determined principles that shaped the massing, special qualities and refinements of buildings and the manner in which order itself was envisioned.
  

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Contents

Challenges of Analysis and Interpretation
1
one The Ideas of Architecture
26
two Vision and Spatial Representation
60
three The Genesis of Scale Drawing and Linear Perspective
104
four Architectural Vision
142
excursus Envisioning Cosmic Mechanism in Plato and Vitruvius
175
appendix A Analysis of the Dimensions of the Blueprint for Entasis at Didyma
189
appendix B Analysis of the Hypothetical Working Drawing for Platform Curvature at Segesta
191
appendix C Analysis of the Hypothetical Working Drawing for Platform Curvature in the Parthenon
192
Notes
195
References
227
Index
241
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About the author (2011)

John R. Senseney is Assistant Professor of Ancient History in the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His research has ranged from ancient methods of surveying and planning to Plato and book culture, with publications appearing in Hesperia, Sacred Landscapes in Anatolia and Neighboring Regions, the International Journal of the Classical Tradition, and the American Journal of Archaeology.

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