The Classical Language of Architecture First Edition [John Summerson] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The Classical Language of Architecture. Front Cover. John Summerson. Methuen & Company, – Architecture – 56 pages. The Classical Language of Architecture is a compilation of six BBC radio lectures given in by Sir John Summerson. It is a some page discussion.

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If you are looking to understand, for example, the extraordinary Renaissance churches of Romethis is an invaluable guide that explains both how this highly ornamented architecture came to be and what the key features of it are.

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It is still, to a great extent, the mode of expression of our urban surroundings, since classical architecture was the common language of the western world till comparatively recent times. Showing of 18 reviews.

I read this for my history of architecture course, and despite the eurocentric view, it’s just a fun read if you’re an architecture student who is fond of classical architecture and hearing it be described to you floats your boat. Buy the selected items together This item: Thanks for telling us about the problem. Thank the heavens for Google Images.


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It’s the best book about Classical Language on Architecture. Petra rated it really liked it Jan 16, There is the difference, however, that whereas the learning of Latin is a slow and difficult business, the language of classical architecture is relatively simple. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

Summerson finishes his book by looking briefly at the classical influence in architecture as it transitioned through the Enlightenment and towards Modernism and contemporary architecture. Wonderful little book and as sophisticated as a British educational book can be!

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Leave a Reply Cancel reply. This book should be on every architect’s bookshelf – not just for the knowledge it imparts of the columns, capitols and pediments but for the lessons in proportion, rhythm and pattern as well as quite simply architectuure pleasure of reading Summerson’s writing. The Classical Language of Architecture: Classical buildings as widely spaced in time as a Roman temple, an Italian Renaissance palace and a Regency house all show an awareness of th The author’s purpose is to set out as simply and vividly as possible the exact grammatical workings of an architectural language.

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Languge is a brilliant book: I will never understand books on architecture that have tiny greyscale images, all pushed to the last pages of the book. Add all three to Basket. The book is intended for anybody who cares for architecture but more specifically for students beginning a course in the history of architecture, to whom a guide to the classical rules will be an essential companion. Open Preview See a Problem? Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Lists with This Book.

Refresh and try again. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The premise being that classical values lie in the harmonious relationships of parts, it is important to know why and how this ideal has sustained itself over time. Visit our Help Pages.

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See Complete Table of Contents. Read more Read less. A true masterpiece about classical architecture that spans antiquity to 19th century European and American architecture. See all 18 reviews.

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