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Art of Building in the Classical World: Vision, Craftsmanship, and Linear Perspective in Greek and Roman Architecture (John R Senseney) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2011) 9781107002357
Art of Building in the Classical World: Vision, Craftsmanship, and Linear Perspective in Greek and Roman Architecture (John R Senseney) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2011) 9781107002357
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Title: The Art of Building in the Classical World: Vision, Craftsmanship, and Linear Perspective in Greek and Roman Architecture

Author: Senseney, John R

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2011

Hardcover; ISBN: 9781107002357

Volumes: 1; Pages: 274

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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. 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.Table of ContentsIntroduction: challenges of analysis and interpretation1. The ideas of architecture2. Vision and spatial representation3. The genesis of scale drawing and linear perspective4. Architectural visionExcursus: envisioning cosmic mechanism in Plato and VitruviusAppendix A: analysis of the dimensions of the blueprint for entasis at DidymaAppendix B: analysis of the hypothetical working drawing for platform curvature at SegestaAppendix C: analysis of the hypothetical working drawing for platform curvature in the Parthenon
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