How to Know Architecture; The Human Elements in the Evolution of Styles

How to Know Architecture; The Human Elements in the Evolution of Styles

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1910 edition. Excerpt: ...cathedrals. It was sensuous, flamboyant, studiously careless, joyfully flippant, but still very beautiful, so that you must love it. The term flamboyant (flaming) has been retained as most expressive of the style, and it fits admirably. (Fig. 61.) The influence which this new translation of idealism had on the treatment of the churches can be understood more clearly by a reference to one of the most beautiful examples in Europe. In St. Maclou, at Rouen (Fig. 62), with its wonderful perforated tracery, its decorative elaboration of the structural basis of the supporting buttress, and the feminine delicacy of the treatment of every detail, we can see plainly the direction in which the creative influence is travelling. And its later quick transition into the classic was to color further the remaining austerity of the Gothic rigid line, as we shall see, in precisely the same way. The change in idealism which was taking place, from the purely religious of the thirteenth century to the clearsighted intellectuality of the sixteenth in passing through the medium of this period of charm and cleverness, gathered color for the benefit of the intellectual Renaissance period--and for our own. Architecture has another expression by which it tells us what manner of people these fifteenth-century gallants were, for while a few churches and cathedrals were erected, the efforts of the time were directed largely toward the evolution of the isolated mansion or chateau and of courts of justice. The seigniorial residence or fortified palace of the overlord is found throughout France since the time of the Gallic invasion, surrounded by the village of the retainers, and primarily considered as a fortress. Now, as the kings grew in power and the smaller lords...show more

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  • Paperback | 58 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 122g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236646053
  • 9781236646057