World Of Art Series Wren by Margaret WhinneyWorld Of Art Series Wren by Margaret Whinney

World Of Art Series Wren

byMargaret Whinney

Paperback | May 5, 1998

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Sir Christopher Wren overcame a complete lack of formal training and scan firsthand knowledge of European architecture to become a master of his art. He built nothing before he was thirty; but by the time he was seventy and still very active, his achievements rivaled those of any European architect.

Wren was gifted with a fertile imagination, and his artistic gifts were complemented by his brilliant technical ingenuity. This combination is apparent in Wren's greatest work, St. Paul's Cathedral in London, which required rebuilding after the Great Fire of 1666. The famous dome of St. Paul's is a masterpiece of engineering, but it is also considered among the most beautiful in the world; it occupies a striking place in the London skyline as a legacy to England's greatest architect.

This intelligent, well-illustrated survey by the late Margaret Whinney includes discussions of Wren's churches and secular buildings, and provides a look at several of his unexecuted designs.

Title:World Of Art Series WrenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 8.4 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:May 5, 1998Publisher:WW Norton

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ISBN - 10:0500201129

ISBN - 13:9780500201121

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Sir Christopher Wren overcame a complete lack of formal training and scant firsthand knowledge of European architecture to become a master of the art. He built nothing before he was 30, but by age 70, his achievements rivaled those of any European architect. This intelligent survey by the late Margaret Whinney includes discussions of Wren's churches and secular buildings--as well as his unexecuted designs. 166 illustrations.