Architectural Ornament: Banishment and Return

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2000 - Architecture - 304 pages
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Architectural Ornament reveals the fascinating interplay of art, society, politics, and commerce from antiquity through modernism and explains ornament's near demise and recent revival. It is a stunningly documented argument against artistic chauvinism and a lively survey of modern architecture. In over 250 illustrations, Brolin shows the breadth of ornamental expression through the centuries and proposes an approach to ornament that allows new and old buildings to coexist in harmony.
 

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Contents

Preface
9
Introduction
13
Ornament in History
18
The Artist in Antiquity
24
Art Craft and Ornament
41
Fine Art and the Art Marketplace
55
Educating the Market
75
Ornament and the Intellect
91
The Twentieth Century
167
Ornament Returns
223
Ornament and the Borrowing Tradition
244
Some Thoughts on the Modern Notion of Genius
268
Notes
274
Bibliography
289
Index
298
Copyright

Regulating Ornament
106

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About the author (2000)

Brent C. Brolin, author of four books of architectural criticism, lives in New York City.

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