The Art of Building in the Classical World: Vision, Craftsmanship, and Linear Perspective in Greek and Roman Architecture (Hardback)
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The Art of Building in the Classical World: Vision, Craftsmanship, and Linear Perspective in Greek and Roman Architecture (Hardback)

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Hardback 262 Pages / Published: 14/03/2011
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This book examines the application of drawing in the design process of classical architecture, exploring how the tools and techniques of drawing developed for architecture subsequently shaped theories of vision and representations of the universe in science and philosophy. Building on recent scholarship that examines and reconstructs the design process of classical architecture, John R. Senseney focuses on technical drawing in the building trade as a model for the expression of visual order, showing that the techniques of ancient Greek drawing actively determined concepts about the world. He argues that the uniquely Greek innovations of graphic construction determined principles that shaped the massing, special qualities and refinements of buildings and the manner in which order itself was envisioned.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107002357
Number of pages: 262
Weight: 720 g
Dimensions: 261 x 185 x 19 mm


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'This is an ambitious book, carefully edited and profusely illustrated. It is hard not to be stirred by the questions [Senseney] raises: what were the origins of Greek and Roman architectural drawings? How did drawings determine the actual outcome of a building and a city? And, did architectural drawings affect aspects of intellectual life beyond architecture?' Bryn Mawr Classical Review
'This book is a valuable contribution to a recent tradition of writings that have sought to get inside the working processes of Greek and Roman architects.' American Journal of Archaeology
'The volume is an interesting addition to the recent literature on the art building in the Greek and Roman world.' Arctos

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