Wrens Tracts on Architecture and Other Writings by Lydia M. SooWrens Tracts on Architecture and Other Writings by Lydia M. Soo

Wrens Tracts on Architecture and Other Writings

byLydia M. Soo

Paperback | October 8, 2007

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Wren's "Tracts" on Architecture and Other Writings is the first scholarly examination of the theoretical work of one of the most important architects of early modern Europe. 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.
Title:Wrens Tracts on Architecture and Other WritingsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:340 pages, 9.72 × 6.85 × 0.71 inPublished:October 8, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521044243

ISBN - 13:9780521044240

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; Editorial note; Introduction; 1. Notes on the antiquities of London; 2. Notes and reports on Gothic churches; 3. Letter from Paris; 4. Letter on building churches; 5. Tracts on architecture; Conclusion: Wren's method of design; Appendix; List of abbreviations; Notes; Selected bibliography; Index.

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"...invaluable..." James Fenton, New York Review of Books