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Bearers of Meaning: The Classical Orders in Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance

Bearers of Meaning: The Classical Orders in Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance

by John Onians


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For all those interested in the relationship between ideas and the built environment, John Onians provides a lively illustrated account of the range of meanings that Western culture has assigned to the Classical orders. Onians shows that during the 2,000 years from their first appearance in ancient Greece through their codification in Renaissance Italy, the orders--the columns and capitals known as Doric, Ionic, Corinthian, Tuscan, and Composite--were made to serve expressive purposes, engaging the viewer in a continuing visual dialogue.

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ISBN-13: 9780691002194
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 02/04/1990
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations Acknowledgements Introduction 1. Classical Greece 2. The Hellenistic world and the Roman Republic 3. Vitruvius 4. The Roman Empire 5. Early Christianity 6. The column in the Christian Middle Ages 7. The orders in the Christian Middle Ages 8. The crisis of architecture: Medieval and Renaissance 9. The Tuscan Renaissance 10. Alberti 11. Filarete 12. Francesco de Giorgio Martini 13. Architects and theories in the later fifteenth century 14. A new Christian architecture 15. Francesco Colonna 16. Luca Pacioli 17. Bramante 18. Raphael 19. Serlio 20. Serlio's Venice: Sansovino, Aretino, Titian, and Vasari 21. Sixteenth-century choices Notes Bibliography Index

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