The Art of Building in the Classical World: Vision, Craftsmanship, and Linear Perspective in Greek and Roman Architecture (Google eBook)
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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one The Ideas of Architecture
two Vision and Spatial Representation
three The Genesis of Scale Drawing and Linear Perspective
four Architectural Vision
excursus Envisioning Cosmic Mechanism in Plato and Vitruvius
appendix A Analysis of the Dimensions of the Blueprint for Entasis at Didyma
according addition agora analysis ancient Archaic architectural drawing Aristophanes art of building Asklepieion astronomy Athens axial beauty blueprint century b.c. Chapter chord circle circular Classical period column drum commensuration compass and straightedge cosmic cosmos Coulton craftsmanship curvature curved ruler describes design process diagrams of Daidalos diameter Didyma dimensions discussion divine craftsman Doric Doric order Drawing author entasis Euclid’s euthynteria fifth century Figure fluting fourth century geometric underpinning geometry Greek architects Greek theater grid ground plan Hellenistic Didymaion Hermogenes ichnography idea ideai Iktinos integral Ionic Korres linear perspective measurements Mertens metaphor Meton models modular numbers optical painting paradeigmata Parthenon philosophical Photo author Plato Pollitt Polykleitos Priene Pythagorean triangle Pytheos radius ratio reduced-scale drawing relationship Republic Roman Rome scale drawing sculpture Segesta Senseney skenographia stylobate suggest symmetria technical drawing temple’s Theater of Dionysos theoretical theory Tholos Timaeus traditions truth viewer vision visual Vitruvian Vitruvius zodiac