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Christopher Wren: In Search of Eastern Antiquity (The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art)

by Vaughan Hart

ISBN: 9781913107079 / 1913107078

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A fresh look at the Eastern origins of Christopher Wren’s architecture

In this revelatory study of one of the great architects in British history, Vaughan Hart considers Christopher Wren’s (1632–1723) interest in Eastern antiquity and Ottoman architecture, an interest that would animate much of his theory and practice. As the early modern understanding of antiquity broadened to include new discoveries at Palmyra and Persepolis, Wren disputed common assumptions about the European origins of Classical and Gothic architecture, tracing these building traditions not to the Greeks or Germans but to the stonemasons of the biblical East. In a deft analysis, Hart contextualizes Wren’s use of classical elements—columns, domes, and cross plans—within his enthusiasm for the East and the broader Anglican interest in the Eastern church. A careful study of diary records reappraises Wren’s working relationship with Robert Hooke (1635–1703), who shared in many of Wren’s theoretical commitments. The result is a new, deepened understanding of Wren’s work.

ISBN 13 978-19-13107-07-9
ISBN 10 1-913-10707-8
ASIN 1913107078
  • 9781913107079
Amazon Sales Rank 222,642
Released 04/28/2020
Main Category Hardcover
Group Book
Publisher Paul Mellon Centre BA
Studio Paul Mellon Centre BA
Manufacturer Paul Mellon Centre BA
Dimensions Length: 8.5 Height: 11. 1.47 pounds
Package Dimensions Length: 11 Width: 8.5. 1.47 pounds
Language(s) English (Published)
English (Original Language)
English (Unknown)
Adult Product? No


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