Four Historical Definitions of Architecture
Where does architecture belong in the larger scheme of things? Is it a liberal art? Is it related to painting, music, medicine, or horse training? Is it timeless, or does it have a beginning? To pursue such questions, Stephen Parcell investigates four historical definitions of Western architecture: as a techné in ancient Greece, a mechanical art in medieval Europe, an art of disegno in Renaissance Italy, and a fine art in eighteenth-century Europe. These definitions situated architecture within larger classifications of knowledge, establishing alliances between architecture and other disciplines. They also influenced elements of architectural practice that we now associate with three characters (designer, builder, and dweller) and three things (material, drawing, and building). Guided by current architectural questions, Parcell examines writings in these historical periods and focuses on practical implications of texts by Hugh of St Victor, Leon Battista Alberti, and Etienne-Louis Boullée. Four Historical Definitions of Architecture shows how the concept of architecture and elements of architectural practice have evolved over time. Even the word "architecture" has ambiguous roots.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
2 Architecture as a Techn?
3 Architecture as a Mechanical Art
4 Hugh of St Victor and the Mechanical Arts
5 Architecture as an Art of Disegno
6 Alberti and the Arts of Disegno
7 Vasari and the Arts of Disegno
Other editions - View all
academy Accademia del Disegno aesthetic Alberti ancient Greece ancient Rome archi architect architecture architekton Art ofBuilding arti del disegno artisans artists associated Batteux Baumgarten beauty beaux-arts beholder Boullée Boullée’s builder building Charles Perrault Christian classification Claude glass concept construction contemplation craft d’Alembert described developed disciplines discussed divine domain drawing eighteenth century elements emphasis Encyclopédie epistemological Eriugena Essay on Art Étienne-Louis Boullée Florence geometry Goehr Greek guilds heterocosmic historical Hugh of St Hugh’s human humanist Ibid imagination imitation included instrumental music invention Kristeller Latin Laugier Leon Battista Alberti Leonardo liberal arts lineaments Martianus Capella material mechanical arts medieval Michelangelo modern nature one’s painters painting and sculpture performance Perrault philosophers poetry practical principles quadrivium realm recognized refers relied rhetoric role sciences sculpture St Victor Didascalicon status subjects suggests Tatarkiewicz techne tecture theoretical things three arts tradition treatise tribus diebus trivium Vasari Vitruvius word