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    DescriptionClassical architecture is a visual "language" and like any other language has its own grammatical rules. Classical buildings as widely spaced in time as a Roman temple, an Italian Renaissance palace and a Regency house all show an awareness of these rules even if they vary them, break them or poetically contradict them. Sir Christopher Wren described them as the "Latin" of architecture and the analogy is almost exact. There is the difference, however, that whereas the learning of Latin is a slow and difficult business, the language of classical architecture is relatively simple. It is still, to a great extent, the mode of expression of our urban surroundings, since classical architecture was the common language of the western world till comparatively recent times. Anybody to whom architecture makes a strong appeal has probably already discovered something of its grammar for himself.in this book, the author's purpose is to set out as simply and vividly as possible the exact grammatical workings of this architectural language. He is less concerned with its development in Greece and Rome than with its expansion and use in the centuries since the Renaissance. He explains the vigorous discipline of "the orders" and the scope of "rustication"; the dramatic deviations of the Baroque and, in the last chapter, the relationship between the classical tradition and the "modern" architecture of today. The book is intended for anybody who cares for architecture but more specifically for students beginning a course in the history of architecture, to whom a guide to the classical rules will be an essential companion.


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    Title
    The Classical Language of Architecture
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) John Summerson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 80
    Width: 185 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 159 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780262690126
    ISBN 10: 0262690128
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25850
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: ARC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.5
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    Libri: I-AR
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    Abridged Dewey: 721
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    LC classification: NA31 .S86 1966
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    LC classification: NA31.S86 1
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    Edition
    Revised
    Edition statement
    Revised edition
    Illustrations note
    67
    Publisher
    MIT Press Ltd
    Imprint name
    MIT Press
    Publication date
    01 January 1966
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass.