Architecture, from Prehistory to Postmodernity

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Harry N. Abrams, 2002 - Architecture - 624 pages
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Moving back and forth between the long shot on historical trends and close-ups on major works and crucial architectural themes, this insightful, lively and original analysis also accepts the conventional period and thematic structures of architectural history and the canon of great buildings. Designed to help readers understand and appreciate what great architecture is in its full dimensions of use, structure and aesthetic qualities as well as its history, this lavishly illustrated book explains specific qualities of each period and the often-complex illuminating differences between the periods. This comprehensive volume examines all aspects of architectural history from the Ancient world, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and Baroque periods through the modern world. For historians and architectural enthusiasts.

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This new edition updates the 1986 edition of this authoritative historical survey of Western architecture. As the introduction points out, this survey is "mainly a history of monumental buildings ... Read full review


chapter eleven The Nineteenth Century trachtenBerg
chapter twelve Modern Architecture trachtenBerg
chapter thirteen Second Modernism through PostModernism trachtenberg

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Marvin Trachtenberg is Edith Kitzmiller Professor of Fine Arts at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, where he has taught since 1962 He studied at Yale University and the Institute of Fine Arts. A renowned scholar of architectural history, Professor Trachtenberg has contributed a long and distinguished list of publications to the field. Of special mention is his book The Campanile of Florence Cathedral, "Giotto's Tower" (1972), which was awarded The Alice Davis Hitchcock Prize by the Society of Architectural Historians for the outstanding architectural book by an American scholar for 1972-73. More recently, his book Dominion of the Eye: Urbanism, Art, and Power in Early Modern Florence (1997) was awarded two prizes: The Charles Rufus Morey Award from the College Art Association and, again, The Alice Davis Hitchcock Prize. His book The Statue of Liberty in the "Art in Context" series was published in 1976. Professor Trachtenberg has also been the recipient of numerous fellowships: the National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Fellowship for study in Italy, 1974-75; Fellowship at the Villa I Tatti (The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies) in Florence, 1974-76; the Guggenheim Fellowship, 198586; and most recently, the Graham Foundation Fellowship, 2000-2001. An architectural photographer of note, many of his photographs are found in this book and other publications. He is currently working on two books: one on the authorship of the Pazzi Chapel and another on the relationship of architecture and time.

Isabelle Hyman is Professor of Fine Arts at New York University, College ofArts and Science. She received a B.A. from Vassar College, an M.A. from Columbia University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Professor Hyman is a specialist in the art and architecture of the Renaissance, in the history of architecture, and in the architecture of Marcel Breuer. She is the author of Marcel Breuer, Architect: The Career and the Buildings (2001) and of Fifteenth Century Florentine Studies: The Palazzo Medici and the Church of San Lorenzo (1977); she was editor of Brunelleschi in Perspective in "The Artist in Perspective" series (1974) and has published numerous articles and reviews in scholarly journals. In 1972 73 she was Senior Kress Fellow at Villa I Tatti (The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies) in Florence. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship (1988) and a fellowship from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts (1988). In 1991 she was Robert Sterling Clark Visiting Professor at Williams College. Professor Hyman has served on the Board of Directors of the Society of Architectural Historians, on the Board of Directors of the College Art Association, and was editor of the College Art Association's scholarly monograph series. She is currently at work on studies of late-fifteenth-century Florentine architecture.

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