Tracing Architecture: The Aesthetics of Antiquarianism

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Dana Arnold, Stephen Bending
Wiley, Feb 14, 2003 - Architecture - 149 pages
Tracing Architecture looks at the impact that knowledge of ancient Egyptian, Greek, Roman and British architecture had on aesthetic attitudes and architectural design. It explores the changing relationship between text and image in an era before the introduction of mass mechanical reproduction.

  • Discusses the discovery of the ancient world through the medium of print in the long eighteenth century.
  • Looks at the impact that knowledge of ancient Egyptian, Greek, Roman and British architecture had on aesthetic attitudes and architectural design.
  • Considers the interrelationship between architecture, antiquity and aesthetics in a pan-European context.
  • Explores the changing relationship between text and image in an era before the introduction of mass mechanical reproduction.

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About the author (2003)

Dana Arnold is Professor of Architectural History, University of Southampton and Director of the Centre for Studies in Architecture and Urbanism.

Her recent publications include Re-presenting the Metropolis: Architecture, urban experience and social life in London (2000); The Georgian Country House: Architecture, landscape and society (1998) and the edited volumes The Metropolis and its Image Constructing identities for London c 1750-1950 (1999) and The Georgian Villa (1996, 1998 paperback). Professor Arnold also has research interests in the field of Art History and she is General Editor of three series New Interventions in Art History, Companions to Art History and Anthologies in Art History published by Blackwell and Editor of the journal Art History. She appears regularly on Radio 3 and 4 and has published widely in the architectural and academic press.


Stephen Bending is a Lecturer in the English Department at Southampton University.

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