Architecture affects us on a number of levels. It can control our movements, change our experience of our own scale, create a particular sense of place, focus memory, and act as a statement of power and taste, to name but a few. Yet the ways in which these effects are brought about are not yet well understood. The aim of this book is to move the discussion forward, to encourage and broaden debate about the ways in which architecture is interpreted, with a view to raising levels of intellectual engagement with the issues in terms of the theory and practice of architectural history. The range of material covered extends from houses constructed from mammoth bones around 15,000 years ago in the present-day Ukraine to a surfer's memorial in Carpinteria, California; other subjects include the young Michelangelo seeking to transcend genre boundaries; medieval masons' tombs; and the mythographies of early modern Netherlandish towns.
Taking as their point of departure the ways in which architecture has been, is, and can be written about and otherwise represented, the editors' substantial Introduction provides an historiographical framework for, and draws out the themes and ideas presented in, the individual contributors' essays.
Contributors: Christine Stevenson, T. A. Heslop, John Mitchell, Malcolm Thurlby, Richard Fawcett, Jill A. Franklin, Stephen Heywood, Roger Stalley, Veronica Sekules, John Onians, Frank Woodman, Paul Crossley, David Hemsoll, Kerry Downes, Richard Plant, Jenifer Ní Ghrádraigh, Lindy Grant, Elisabeth de Bièvre, Stefan Muthesius, Robert Hillenbrand, Andrew M. Shanken, Peter Guillery.
First Published: 15 Nov 2012
13 Digit ISBN: 9781843837817
Size: 24.4 x 17.2
Imprint: Boydell Press
Subject: Art Architecture & Photography
BIC Class: AG
Details updated on 23 May 2013
- 1 Introduction
- 3 Believing is Seeing: the natural image in late antiquity
- 4 Articulation as an expression of function in Romanesque architecture
- 5 Barrel-vaulted churches in late medieval Scotland
- 6 Augustinian and other canons' churches in Romanesque Europe: the significance of the aisleless cruciform plan
- 7 Towers and radiating chapels in Romanesque architectural iconography
- 8 Diffusion, imitation and evolution: the uncertain origins of 'beakhead' ornament
- 9 Architecture and pattern: the western façade of Lincoln Cathedral and Modernist reference points for its interpretation
- 10 Home sweet mammoth: neuroarchaeology and the origins of architecture
- 11 Constantine and Helena: the Roman in English Romanesque
- 12 For their monuments, look about you: medieval masons and their tombs
- 13 Baxandall's bridge and Charles IV's Prague: an exercise in architectural intention
- 14 Imitation as a creative vehicle in Michelangelo's art and architecture
- 15 The 'façade problem' in Roman Churches c.1540-1640
- 16 Innovation and traditionalism in writings on English Romanesque
- 17 Why medieval Ireland failed to edify
- 18 The Chapel of the Hospital of St-Jean at Angers: acta, statutes, architecture and interpretation
- 19 Sealed architecture: city seals, architecture and urban identity in the Northern Netherlands, 1200-1700
- 20 Style and geography: struggles for identification in the later nineteenth century
- 21 The Dome of the Rock: from medieval symbol to modern propaganda
- 22 Towards a cultural geography of modern memorials
- 23 Bicycle sheds revisited, or: why are houses interesting?