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Renaissance Architecture


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1: Introduction 2: The Voluptuous Pleasure of Building 3: The House of God 4: Theories and Practices: The Case of St. Peter's, Rome 5: The Architecture of Ascendency: Buildings and Power 6: Corporate Identity 7: Shaping the Renaissance City 8: Architecture in the Natural World 9: Distant Shores Timeline Further Reading Index

About the Author

Christy Anderson is an architectural historian with a special interest in the buildings of Renaissance and Baroque Europe. She has taught at Yale University, the Courtauld Institute, MIT, and currently the University of Toronto. As a Kress Fellow at the Courtauld Institute of Art and later as a Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford, she studied the annotations made by the English architect Inigo Jones (1573-1652) in his collection of treatises and humanist literature. This work on literacy, architectural language, and the construction of the professional architect appeared in her book Inigo Jones and the Classical Tradition (Cambridge, 2006). Her new work, supported by a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, explores the meanings of architectural materials in early modern Europe.


`Review from previous edition Presents a refreshingly lively and thoughtful approach to Renaissance architecture. It is stimulating and original throughout. ' Professor Deborah Howard, University of Cambridge

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