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Wren's 'Tracts' on Architecture and Other Writings

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  • Date Published: October 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521044240

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  • Wren's "Tracts" on Architecture and Other Writings is the first scholarly examination of the theoretical work of one of the most important architects of early modern Europe. From his study of ancient buildings, he posited a new version of the origins and development of the Classical style, thereby becoming one of the first to challenge theoretical principles of architecture that had been upheld since the Renaissance. Rejecting the idea of beauty as absolute and innate, Wren formulated an empirical definition, based on visual perception and custom.

    • Devoted to the study of Wren's theory of architecture
    • Provides accurate transcripts, in one volume, of all of Wren's writings on architectural theory
    • Shows how Wren was one of the first to challenge theoretical principles of architecture upheld since the Renaissance
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...this collection provides an engaging representation of a perceptive and inventive mind at work." Paul Malo, International Journal of the Classical Tradition

    "[Soo] is to be congratulated on bringing the writings of Wren back into print and in so doing helping to bring this elusive man into sharper focus." John Bold, Albion

    "...invaluable..." James Fenton, New York Review of Books

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521044240
    • length: 340 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.459kg
    • contains: 69 b/w illus. 2 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Editorial note
    1. Notes on the antiquities of London
    2. Notes and reports on Gothic churches
    3. Letter from Paris
    4. Letter on building churches
    5. Tracts on architecture
    Conclusion: Wren's method of design
    List of abbreviations
    Selected bibliography

  • Author

    Lydia M. Soo, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

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