Renaissance Architecture [Hardback]

Alexander Markshies (Author)

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ISBN: 9783791328416 | Published by: Prestel Verlag | Year of Publication: 2003 | Language: English 144p,

Renaissance Architecture


Spanning the European continent, this is a look at one of the most exciting periods in architectural history. The European Renaissance produced some of the world's most stunning architecture. The style is based on rationality and clarity, the harmony of proportions and a balanced relationship between the individual and the whole. Following the rise of Renaissance architecture from its birthplace in Italy, this volume explores not only the dazzling structures of that country, but also the expansion of Renaissance style throughout the continent. More than 50 buildings are presented in two-page spreads featuring brief essays, drawings, plans and full-colour photographs. The volume follows the development of country-specific features in the Renaissance styles throughout Europe to illustrate how each culture integrated its unique history with renaissance principles. From the mediaeval picturesque forms of Germanic cities to the inviting chateaux of the French countryside; from England's imposing royal edifices to the Moorish cathedrals of Spain, this European tour examines humanity's embrace of renaissance ideals while celebrating our ability to synthesize and create anew.

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