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The Classical Language of Architecture (World of Art)

John Summerson

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'An easy introduction to both the grammar and the superstructure of classical orders' Guardian


Sir John Summerson's account of classical architecture has every right to be called a classic itself. With the help of diagrams, glossary and a wealth of photographs, the reader is taken easily from the great originals of Greece and Rome through the recapitulations and innovations of the Renaissance, the rhetoric of the Baroque and grave statements of Neo-classicism to the 'stripped Neo-classicism' of the moderns - every age using the classical language to make its own statement. For this edition the volume was completely redesigned and the number of illustrations more than doubled.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Edition Type: Revised and enlarged edition

Size: 20.9 x 14.6 cm

Extent: 144 pp

Illustrations: 139

Publication date: 23 June 1980

ISBN: 9780500201770

Contents List

Preface • The Essentials of Classicism • 2. The Grammar of Antiquity • 3. Sixteenth-Century Linguistics • 4. The Rhetoric of the Baroque • 5. The Light of Reason – and of Archaeology • 6. Classical into Modern • Glossary, Notes on the Literature of Classical Architecture

About the Author

Sir John Newenham Summerson, CBE was one of the leading British architectural historians of the 20th century. He wrote mainly about British architecture, especially that of the Georgian Era. He was a Commissioner of the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, curator of Sir John Soane's Museum, London, and Slade Professor of Fine Art at the University of Oxford.

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