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The Art of Building in the Classical World: Vision, Craftsmanship, and Linear Perspective in Greek and Roman Architecture [Hardcover]

John R. Senseney

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14 Mar 2011 1107002354 978-1107002357
This book examines the application of drawing in the design process of classical architecture, exploring how the tools and techniques of drawing developed for architecture subsequently shaped theories of vision and representations of the universe in science and philosophy. Building on recent scholarship that examines and reconstructs the design process of classical architecture, John R. Senseney focuses on technical drawing in the building trade as a model for the expression of visual order, showing that the techniques of ancient Greek drawing actively determined concepts about the world. He argues that the uniquely Greek innovations of graphic construction determined principles that shaped the massing, special qualities and refinements of buildings and the manner in which order itself was envisioned.


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John R. Senseney is Assistant Professor of the History of Ancient Architecture in the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A historian of ancient Greek and Roman art and architecture, his current and forthcoming articles and chapters appear in Hesperia, the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, the International Journal of the Book, The Blackwell Companion to Roman Architecture (edited by Roger Ulrich and Caroline Quenemoen), and Sacred Landscapes in Anatolia and Neighboring Regions (edited by Charles Gates, Jacques Morin, and Thomas Zimmermann).

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'This is an ambitious book, carefully edited and profusely illustrated. It is hard not to be stirred by the questions [Senseney] raises: what were the origins of Greek and Roman architectural drawings? How did drawings determine the actual outcome of a building and a city? And, did architectural drawings affect aspects of intellectual life beyond architecture?' Bryn Mawr Classical Review

'This book is a valuable contribution to a recent tradition of writings that have sought to get inside the working processes of Greek and Roman architects.' American Journal of Archaeology

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This book examines the application of drawing in the design process of classical architecture, exploring how the tools and techniques of drawing developed for architecture subsequently shaped theories of vision and representations of the universe in science and philosophy.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Art of Building in the Classical World: Vision, Craftsmanship, and Linear Perspective in Greek and Roman Architecture 23 April 2012
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This book is well edited and has ample illustrations. It offers some unique observations on realities correlating the role of drawings in the craftsmanship, evolution and intellectual aspects of Greek and ancient Architecture. Particularly Senseney's specific examination of cultural origins and purposes of the importance and evolution of drawings in construction planning and broader significance. This is an interesting presentation.
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