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The dancing column: on order in architecture

Label
The dancing column: on order in architecture
Title
The dancing column: on order in architecture
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Annotation. Joseph Rykwert is one of the major architectural historians of this century, whose full humanistic understanding of architecture and its historical significance is unrivaled. The Dancing Column is certain to be his most controversial and challenging work to date. A decade in preparation, it is a deeply erudite, clearly written, and wide-ranging deconstruction of the system of column and beam known as the "orders of architecture," tracing the powerful and persistent analogy between columns and/or buildings and the human body. The body-column metaphor is as old as architectural thought, informing the works of Vitruvius, Alberti, and many later writers; but The Dancing Column is the first comprehensive treatment to do this huge subject full justice. It provides a new critical examination of the way the classical orders, which have dominated Western architecture for nearly three millennia, were first formulated. Rykwert opens with a review of their consequence for the leading architects of the twen tieth century, and then traces ideas related to them in accounts of sacred antiquity and in scientific doctrines of humor and character. The body-column metaphor is traced in archaeological material from Egypt, Asia Minor, and the Levant, as well as from Greece, drawing on recent accounts by hi storians of Greek religion and society as well as the latest discoveries of archaeologists. Perhaps most important, Rykwert reexamines its significance for the formation of any theoretical view of architecture
  • Chapters cover an astonishing breadth of material, including the notions of a set number and a proportional as well as an ornamental rule of the orders; the theological-philosophical interpretatio Christiana of antiquity on which the domination of the orders relied; the astrological and geometrical canon of the human figure; gender and column; the body as a constantly refashioned cultural product; the Greek temple building and the nature of cult; and the endurance of ornamental forms and the function of symbols
Cataloging source
UkLiU
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1926-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Rykwert, Joseph
Index
no index present
LC call number
NA2815
LC item number
.R95 1998
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Architecture
  • Columns, Doric
  • Columns, Ionic
  • Columns, Corinthian
  • Body, Human
  • Eclecticism in architecture
Label
The dancing column: on order in architecture
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 532-577) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
List of illustrations -- Preface -- Order in buildings -- Order in the body -- The body and the world -- Gender and column -- The literary commonplace -- The rule and the song -- The hero as a column -- The known and the seen -- The mask, the horns, and the eyes -- The corinthian virgin -- A native column? -- Order or intercourse -- Notes -- Abbreviations and ancient texts -- Bibliography -- Index
Dimensions
28 cm
Extent
xviii, 598 pages
Isbn
9780262181709
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
The dancing column: on order in architecture
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 532-577) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
List of illustrations -- Preface -- Order in buildings -- Order in the body -- The body and the world -- Gender and column -- The literary commonplace -- The rule and the song -- The hero as a column -- The known and the seen -- The mask, the horns, and the eyes -- The corinthian virgin -- A native column? -- Order or intercourse -- Notes -- Abbreviations and ancient texts -- Bibliography -- Index
Dimensions
28 cm
Extent
xviii, 598 pages
Isbn
9780262181709
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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