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Wren's 'Tracts' on Architecture and Other Writings (Hardback)
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Wren's 'Tracts' on Architecture and Other Writings (Hardback)

Hardback 236 Pages / Published: 13/11/1998
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This is a scholarly examination of the theoretical work of one of the most important architects of early modern Europe. Trained as a scientist, Wren applied the seventeenth-century scientific methods to his study of ancient, medieval, Renaissance and contemporary architecture. From his study of ancient buildings, he posited a new version of the origins and development of the Classical style, thereby becoming one of the first to challenge theoretical principles of architecture that had been upheld since the Renaissance. Rejecting the idea of beauty as absolute and innate, Wren formulated an empirical definition, based on visual perception and custom. His acceptance of the relativity of beauty also led him to recognize the Gothic style, then disparaged by himself and his contemporaries throughout Europe, as a legitimate one that evolved within particular cultural circumstances. This edition of Wren's writings includes accurate, annotated transcriptions of the texts.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521573696
Number of pages: 236
Weight: 1070 g
Dimensions: 260 x 188 x 26 mm

'... for everyone interested in the debate, a close reading of Soo's book will be essential.' Kerry Downes, Burlington Magazine
'Soo's handsome edition is in every way a ... usable and useful book to work with.' Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians
"...this collection provides an engaging representation of a perceptive and inventive mind at work." Paul Malo, International Journal of the Classical Tradition
"[Soo] is to be congratulated on bringing the writings of Wren back into print and in so doing helping to bring this elusive man into sharper focus." John Bold, Albion
"...invaluable..." James Fenton, New York Review of Books

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