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Architecture and the Senses in the Italian Renaissance
The Varieties of Architectural Experience


  • Date Published: May 2021
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108477987

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  • This is the first study of Renaissance architecture as an immersive, multisensory experience that combines historical analysis with the evidence of first-hand accounts. Questioning the universalizing claims of contemporary architectural phenomenologists, David Karmon emphasizes the infinite variety of meanings produced through human interactions with the built environment. His book draws upon the close study of literary and visual sources to prove that early modern audiences paid sustained attention to the multisensory experience of the buildings and cities in which they lived. Through reconstructing the Renaissance understanding of the senses, we can better gauge how constant interaction with the built environment shaped daily practices and contributed to new forms of understanding. Architecture and the Senses in the Italian Renaissance offers a stimulating new approach to the study of Renaissance architecture and urbanism as a kind of 'experiential trigger' that shaped ways of both thinking and being in the world.

    • The first book length study of Renaissance architecture that directly engages with multisensory experience
    • The author combines personal first-hand experience of buildings and places with historical analysis
    • Offers a new reading of Renaissance architecture, shifting the way we approach the field
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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2021
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108477987
    • length: 262 pages
    • dimensions: 262 x 184 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.69kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. A sense of renaissance architecture
    2. Architecture and the imagination
    3. Movement in the built environment
    4. The building of devotion
    5. Sensations of health and illness

  • Author

    David Karmon, Holy Cross, Massachusetts
    David Karmon is Professor of the History of Art and Architecture in the Department of Visual Arts and head of the Architectural Studies program at Holy Cross. The author of The Ruin of the Eternal City (2011), he is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, and incoming Chief Editor of the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians.

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