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Karl Friedrich Schinkel: v. 1 & 2: Spate Projekte/Late Projects Hardcover – 20 Mar 2000
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This title contains text in English and German. 2 Books in slipcase. Karl Friedrich Schinkel called his designs for a palace on the Acropolis in Athens and for Orianda Castle in the Crimea a 'beautiful dream'. They date from 1834 and 1838 and were Schinkel's last major projects, in which he presented his ideal of architecture in brilliant drawings and watercolors, as if in a last will and testament. Both the formal language of neo-Classical architecture and the quality of presentation are brought to a level here that can scarcely be surpassed. It is clear how highly Schinkel himself esteemed these two unrealized designs from the fact that he had them printed as colored lithographs in his publication "Werke der hoheren Baukunst fur die Ausfuhrung erfunden" (Potsdam 1840 to 1942). These lithographs are reprinted in a large format for the first time here, complemented by the no less spectacular lithographs of the two Pliny villas, Tusculum and Laurentinum.These works, which represent a high point in the long story of the reconstruction of the two villas that have come down to us only in literature, also show Schinkel's impressive ability to demonstrate and convey his architectural ideas.He is profoundly concerned, both in the reconstructions of the Pliny villas and in the designs for the royal palace on the Acropolis and Orianda Castle to be archaeologically precise and to fulfill prescribed building programs, but also to plumb the possibilities of architecture beyond mere utility. For the Acropolis palace project he had his eye mainly on the way in which the new building would interact with the surviving remains of the Propylaea and the Parthenon. In the Orianda project it is a glazed observation pavilion in the form of a temple that expresses architecture's perception of itself more clearly than perhaps ever before.
About the Author
Klaus Jan Philipp studied art history, archaeology and history in Marburg and Berlin. From 1988 to 1990 he worked as a free-lance at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt am Main. Philipp is professor of architectural history at the Hochschule fur bildende Kunste in Hamburg. He presented his research on neo-Classical architecture in 1997.
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