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Judith Herrin - Byzantium: The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire. (Paperback 2009) - Princeton University Press
Avoiding a standard chronological account of the Byzantine Empire's millennium--long history, she identifies the fundamental questions about Byzantium--what it was, and what special significance it holds for us today. Bringing the latest scholarship to a general audience in accessible prose, Herrin focuses each short chapter around a representative theme, event, monument, or historical figure, and examines it within the full sweep of Byzantine history--from the foundation of Constantinople, the magnificent capital city built by Constantine the Great, to its capture by the Ottoman Turks.

She argues that Byzantium's crucial role as the eastern defender of Christendom against Muslim expansion during the early Middle Ages made Europe--and the modern Western world--possible. Herrin captivates us with her discussions of all facets of Byzantine culture and society. She walks us through the complex ceremonies of the imperial court. She describes the transcendent beauty and power of the church of Hagia Sophia, as well as chariot races, monastic spirituality, diplomacy, and literature. She reveals the fascinating worlds of military usurpers and ascetics, eunuchs and courtesans, and artisans who fashioned the silks, icons, ivories, and mosaics so readily associated with Byzantine art.

An innovative history written by one of our foremost scholars, Byzantium reveals this great civilization's rise to military and cultural supremacy, its spectacular destruction by the Fourth Crusade, and its revival and final conquest in 1453. - no ebook - lots of illustrations - Introduction downloaded to Tab S2
books  downloaded  Byzantium  Roman_Empire  medieval_history  elite_culture  religious_history  religious_culture  Islam  Islamic_civilization  Islam-expansion  architecture  architecture-churches  diplomatic_history  military_history  Christendom  Christianity-Islam_conflict  Orthodox_Christianity  Crusades  Constantinople  13thC  14thC  15thC  Ottomans  court_culture  courtiers  ritual  art_history  decorative_arts  popular_culture 
august 2016 by dunnettreader
Adil Alkenzawi - Palais-Royal (1624-1986) | Appareil 2008
Summary of thesis « L’architecture comme origine, destination et support d’inscription pour la peinture et la sculpture, le Double Plateau de Buren ». -- La nouveauté et l’originalité du Palais-Royal, dont le Double Plateau de Buren (1985-86) prolonge la fraîcheur et le trait générateur, sont dues à la singularité de son organisation. La genèse du Palais-Royal révèle l’invention d’un mode d’organisation urbaine particulier qu’est le “passage urbain” (W. Benjamin et J.-L. Déotte) appréhendable comme l’invention d’un appareil urbain. Le Palais-Royal est l’expression d’un projet urbain ouvert, continu et inachevé. Il invente un support d’écriture urbaine : le plateau ; lequel en intégrant les plateaux-terrasses de la Seine (schéma n° 1), crée un “lieu-monde” organisé autour d’un jardin habité, un parc des sculptures. Notre analyse des phases de formation du Palais-Royal de J.Lemercier à D.Buren, montre l’ampleur urbaine du Palais et la particularité de son mode d’édification et d’organisation… -- downloaded via iPhone to DBOX
urban_spaces  lifestyle  article  photos  gardens  movement_patterns  Paris  public_sphere  aesthetics  urban_elites  public_spaces  urbanization  17thC  downloaded  architecture  20thC  France 
april 2016 by dunnettreader
What a difference 400 years makes: the London skyline 1616 v 2016 – interactive - The Guardian - March 2016
Fifty years before the centre of London was destroyed by the Great Fire, Dutch draughtsman Claes Jansz Visscher’s captured it in his 1616 engraving, View of London – a low-rise cityscape dominated by church spires and steeples. Now the artist Robin Reynolds has updated that classic view for the present day, recreating Visscher’s perspective as closely as possible, but detailing the London riverside of 2016. -- At London Guildhall until November 2016
17thC  21stC  architecture  urbanization  London 
march 2016 by dunnettreader
Louis XIV à Versailles MOOC -October 2015 - February 2016
Le cours se déroulera du 26 octobre au 4 janvier 2016. Il est composé de 7 séquences : (1) Et Louis XIV créa Versailles. (2) Dans la chambre du Roi. (3) Le conseil des ministres. (4) A table et en cuisines. (5) Les « heures rompues » (6) Le Roi des Arts. (7) Fêtes et divertissements
courses  cultural_history  political_history  17thC  France  Louis_XIV  monarchy  Absolutism  Versailles  art_history  architecture  elite_culture  court_culture  courtiers  theater  music_history  French_government 
november 2015 by dunnettreader
Filippo Titi: Descrizione delle Pitture . . . in Roma (1683, rev'd 1763)
Part of Bill Thayer's transcription of works that help get a sense of the topography of Rome in different eras and that he links to when places are referred to in his translations of texts from antiquity -- [590 pages of printed text, although no images ] Pushing the "topography" envelope rather far, but Filippo Titi's Pitture, Sculture e Architetture esposte al pubblico in Roma (1683, as revised by Giovanni Bottari in 1763) was for many years the standard guide to the monuments of Rome, does indeed cover hundreds of places within the City, and may be considered a primary source on its Baroque art: topography it is, then; and some will find it useful. Includes a linked index to nearly 1000 artists and the works they left in Rome. -- an example of the sort of "guidebook " that Bolingbroke might have used for his Grand Tour
Bolingbroke  17thC  architecture-churches  18thC  architecture  Rome  guidebooks  books  art_history  baroque  etext  painting  Grand_Tour  sculpture  travel  Counter-Reformation 
august 2015 by dunnettreader
Pavement, Piety, and Prophetic Art – By Karla Cavarra Britton - The Marginalia Review of Books
Flora Samuel and Inge Linder-Gaillard, Sacred Concrete: The Churches of Le Corbusier, Birkhäuser, 2013, 230pp., $85 Le Corbusier, the Franco-Swiss architect,…
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july 2015 by dunnettreader
The Reith Lectures, Nikolaus Pevsner: The Englishness of English Art: 1955 | BBC Radio 4
Home page for the 7 radio lectures in 1955, from Hogarth and Reynolds, Constable and Blake and onwards through 19thC and 20thC architecture -- how he sees each as illustrating distinctively English "character"
lecture  art_history  British_history  painting  architecture  18thC  19thC  20thC  Hogarth  Reynolds  Blake_William  Constable  landscape  portraits  illustrations  aesthetics  national_ID 
june 2015 by dunnettreader
Susan Campbell, Walled Kitchen Gardens | Shire Publications
Walled kitchen gardens were found in the grounds of most large country houses in Britain and Ireland. They were designed to provide a continual supply of fruit, flowers and vegetables. The remains of these gardens can still be seen, some converted to other uses, some simply abandoned. This book examines the history of these old kitchen gardens. -- Paperback; August 2006; 56 pages; ISBN: 9780747806578
books  Britain  Ireland  British_history  cultural_history  elite_culture  country_homes  gardens  agriculture  architecture  Bolingbroke-family 
march 2015 by dunnettreader
Jeffery W. Whitelaw, Follies | Shire Publications
This book defines what a folly is and shows that these architectural curiosities are to be found all over Britain. -- Paperback; March 2005; 64 pages; ISBN: 9780747806240
books  Britain  British_history  cultural_history  architecture  landscape  follies  gardens  country_homes 
march 2015 by dunnettreader
Sarah Rutherford Jonathan Lovie, Georgian Garden Buildings (2012) | Shire Publications
Did Hermitages really house hermits? What was the point of a sham castle or Gothic ruin? Though Georgian garden buildings often seem monuments to rich men’s folly and whimsy, in fact they always had a purpose, whether functional or ornamental, and today are valued for their social meaning and their place in the history of architecture and landscape design, as well as often for their sheer beauty or quirkiness. This overview of Georgian garden buildings examines their place in architectural and landscape history, and explains the purpose and form of individual types in the context of the English landscape garden. It looks at more than twenty types, from arches to towers via columns, grottoes and rotundas. **--* Introduction -- Arches. -- Beastly Buildings. -- Bridges and Cascades. -- Castles and Forts. -- Churches and Chapels. -- Columns. -- Druidiana. -- Gates and Gateways. -- Grottoes. -- Hermitages and Root Houses. -- Mausolea and Monuments. -- Obelisks and Pyramids. -- Orangeries and Conservatories. -- The Orient. -- Rotundas. -- Ruins. -- Temples and Pavilions -- Towers: Prospect and Aspect. -- Watery Diversions: Boathouses, Bath Houses and Fishing Temples. -- Further Reading -- Places to Visit. -- Glossary. -- Paperback; August 2012; 128 pages; ISBN: 9780747811015
books  18thC  19thC  British_history  cultural_history  leisure  elite_culture  popular_culture  gardens  landscape  houses  country_homes  castles  architecture  follies  neoclassical  Oalladian  baroque  Rococo  Gothic_revival  Pope_Alexander 
march 2015 by dunnettreader
Michael Symes, The English Rococo Garden (2011) | Shire Publications
Delightful, eccentric, capricious, bizarre - the English Rococo garden, an intriguing branch of eighteenth-century horticulture, was all these and more. This book relates the components of the Rococo garden to movements in art and architecture that had developed in Britain and in Europe, and shows its particular appeal to amateur designers and owners. It was an expression of a period in time, following Baroque and neo-Palladian and anticipating Romanticism in its sense of freedom. Most of the enchanting scenes depicted in Thomas Robins’ watercolours have disappeared, but there are many garden buildings from the period that survive. The styles which overlap with Rococo - Gothic, chinoiserie, rustic - are also considered here, as is the use of flowers, rocks and shells. The principal designers are also profiled, including Sanderson Miller and Thomas Wright. **--** Introduction. *-* Rocks and shells *-* Garden sculpture. *-* Flowers and serpentines. *-* ’Twickenhamshire’ rococo. *-* Thomas Robins and Thomas Wright. *-* Gothic. *-* Chinoiserie. *-* Sanderson Miller. *-* Rococo ensembles. *-* The rococo garden: Painswick and Hampton Court House. *-* Further reading. *-* Gardens to visit. **--** Paperback; July 2011; 80 pages; ISBN: 9780747806257
books  18thC  British_history  cultural_history  elite_culture  architecture  gardens  Gothic_revival  Rococo  country_homes  country_house  Pope_Alexander  landscape  botany  Chinoiserie  Orientalism-Enlightenment  natural_history  imagination 
march 2015 by dunnettreader
Chanteloup - Pagoda and Parc - location directions
Située à 25 km de Tours et 3 km du centre-ville d'Amboise, la Pagode de Chanteloup est :
- à 5 mn en voiture du centre-ville d'Amboise en direction de Bléré-Loches
- à 2 heures de Paris par l'Autoroute A10 (sortie Amboise)
- à 1 heure de Paris-Montparnasse par le TGV - Saint Pierre des Corps
Bolingbroke  country_homes  chateau  architecture  gardens  Orientalism-Enlightenment  Anglo-French  aristocracy  cultural_history  cultural_exchange  18thC  France  website  tourism 
february 2015 by dunnettreader
Elizabeth McKellar, Landscapes of London: The City, the Country, and the Suburbs, 1660–1840 (2014) | Yale University Press
The idea of a "Greater London" emerged in the 18th century with the expansion of the city's suburbs. In Landscapes of London, Elizabeth McKellar traces this growth back to the 17th century, when domestic retreats were established in outlying areas. This transitional zone was occupied and shaped by the urban middle class as much as by the elite who built villas there. McKellar provides the first major interdisciplinary cultural history of this area, analyzing it in relation to key architectural and planning debates and to concepts of national, social, and gender identities. She draws on a wide range of source materials, including prints, paintings, maps, poetry, songs, newspapers, guidebooks, and other popular literature, as well as buildings and landscapes. The author suggests that these suburban landscapes—the first in the world—were a new environment, but one in which the vernacular, the rustic, and the historic played a substantial part. This fascinating investigation shows London as the forerunner of the complex, multifaceted modern cities of today. -- Elizabeth McKellar is senior lecturer and staff tutor in the history of art, Open University.
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may 2014 by dunnettreader
Paul L. Sawyer - Ruskin's Poetic Argument: The Design of the Major Works [Preface] | Victorian Web
1985 book, etext on Victorian Web -- this is 1st web page, the Preface
Contents --
Part I: Transcendental Aesthetics
Chapter 1. The Golden Waters
Chapter 2. The Language of Sense
Sermons in Paint
Painting in Words

Chapter 3. The Lamp of Power
Romantic Italy
"The Soul's Metropolis"

Part II: The Legend of Time

Chapter 4. The Lamp of Love
The Golden Waters
The Mother of Beauty
The Meaning of Architecture

Chapter 5. "Paradise of Cities"
The Plan: History as Typology
History as Nostalgia
The Burning Legends
The Anatomy of Alienation
The Legacy

Chapter 6. The Natural History of the Imagination
The Legend of Time: The Natural History of the Imagination
Poetry: A "Feeling for Reality"
Prophecy and Religion: The Ages of Landscape
Of Mountain Beauty: The Modern Grotesque

Part III: Wealth and Life

Chapter 7. The Economy of Beauty
Wealth and Life: The Economy of Beauty
The Economy of Art
The Organic Body
Turner and Veronese

Chapter 8. The Economy of Life
Wealth and Life: The Economy of Beauty
The Prophecy against Mammon
Loving and Owing
The Apotheosis of Justice
The Light of the Body

Part IV: The Structure of Myth

Chapter 9. The Currency of Meaning
At the Middle of the Road
Coins and Words

Chapter 10. The Goddess and the child
The Looking-Glass World
The Firmament of Mind

Part V: Works and Days

Chapter 11. Olympian Lightning
Myth and Science
"Lifeless Seed of Life"
Serpent and Grotesque

Chapter 12. "Ruskin's Apocalypse"

Chapter 13.Time Present and Time Past
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january 2014 by dunnettreader
George Sherburn and H. S. John - "Timon's Villa" and Cannons | JSTOR: The Huntington Library Bulletin, No. 8 (Oct., 1935), pp. 131-152
Of interest re Pope and Burlington influence on architecture, gardens etc -- conclusions may be dated, but useful sources identified by Sherburn and John -- downloaded pdf to Note
article  jstor  cultural_history  18thC  British_history  architecture  country_house  gardens  Pope  Burlington  Brydges  downloaded  EF-add 
january 2014 by dunnettreader
Nicholas Cooper - Rank, Manners and Display: The Gentlemanly House, 1500-1750 | JSTOR: Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, Sixth Series, Vol. 12 (2002), pp. 291-310
In the early modern period the amenities of the upper-class house provided for approved modes of polite behaviour, while the initial, piecemeal display of antique ornament in the sixteenth century expressed the status and the education of the governing class. In the seventeenth century a more classically correct architecture would spread in a climate of opinion in which approved behaviour was increasingly internalised and external display less favoured. The revolution of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries was in superseding architectural languages that had lent themselves to the expression of status with a national style that did not. -- didn't download
article  jstor  cultural_history  British_history  16thC  17thC  18thC  elites  country_house  architecture  status  politeness  privacy  display  governing_class  EF-add 
january 2014 by dunnettreader
J. F. Merritt - Puritans, Laudians, and the Phenomenon of Church-Building in Jacobean London | JSTOR: The Historical Journal, Vol. 41, No. 4 (Dec., 1998), pp. 935-960
The comprehensive neglect of English church buildings in the century after the Reformation until the advent of Archbishop Laud has long stood as one of the standard readings of English church history. This article argues that attitudes towards the building and repair of churches in the pre-Laudian period were far more complex than has previously been recognized. It documents a sustained revival of church building and beautification in London that took place well before Laud's emergence, and which is inexplicable without reference to a whole range of practical and social, as well as religious, forces. This evidence, however, should not lead us to downplay the novelty and distinctiveness of the Laudian building programme. Rather, it is suggested here that Laudian polemic advanced a specific view of puritanism as incorporating a profane neglect and contempt of both church services and of the building which housed them. It is this vision of puritan neglect that not only provided a justification for Laudian changes to church practices and interiors in the 1630s, but which has also deflected the attention of later historians away from programmes of church repair in the reign of James I.
article  jstor  17thC  British_history  London  Church_of_England  church_history  architecture  James_I  Charles_I  Laud  Puritans  EF-add 
january 2014 by dunnettreader
Christine Stevenson - Robert Hooke's Bethlem | JSTOR: Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Vol. 55, No. 3 (Sep., 1996), pp. 254-275
Bethlem Hospital for lunatics, built to the designs of Robert Hooke between 1674 and 1676 in London, is a singularly famous building that has been little studied. This article summarizes the available written evidence, including the minutes of the Court of Governors' deliberations during Bethlem construction and contemporary prose and poetic celebrations of the result, to show that one conventional rhetorical use of the building, as a monstrous emblem of vanity, may be suprisingly apposite given the governors' preoccupation with how it be viewed, both literally and figuratively. However, they seem to have expected that post-Fire and post-Restoration London would be willing to entertain a conception of a lunatic asylum more polysemous than has been possible since, possibly because Bethlem created the type. Hooke's application of the domestic gallery, in particular, not only introduced a wide range of associations with health, hospitality, instruction, and pleasure, it permitted a plan that was concurrently applauded as inherently curative. It is, however, Bethlem's façade which soon became notorious; the article concludes with an explanation for the significance of its grandeur, and for the failure of the signification. -- splendidly illustrated -- over 100 references, covers through 1733 -- didn't download
article  jstor  social_history  cultural_history  English_lit  architecture  17thC  18thC  British_history  London  Hooke  medicine  psychology  madness  poetry  satire  charity  elites  bibliography  EF-add 
january 2014 by dunnettreader
Vanessa Harding - Recent Perspectives on Early Modern London | JSTOR: The Historical Journal, Vol. 47, No. 2 (Jun., 2004), pp. 435-450
Recent writing on early modern London offers new perspectives on a wide range of topics. Interest in the literary and cultural is particularly strong, and much attention has been given to John Stow, London's sixteenth-century historian. This review discusses recent work on three themes prominent in Stow's Survey of London (1598), and its later editions: the character of religious life in post-Reformation London; the importance of place and space to the experience of the city; and the question of civic and business morality in a changing world. -- didn't download
article  jstor  historiography  16thC  17thC  London  British_history  social_history  cultural_history  economic_history  architecture  urban_politics  urbanization  manners  Church_of_England  religious_culture  political_culture  economic_culture  bibliography  EF-add 
january 2014 by dunnettreader
Hannah Greig and Giorgio Riello - Eighteenth-Century Interiors—Redesigning the Georgian: Introduction | Journal of Design History
J Design Hist (2007) 20 (4): 273-289. doi: 10.1093/jdh/epm025 -- The eighteenth-century interior has been approached from a range of different perspectives. Recent research has significantly complicated our understanding of ‘Georgian’ style, bringing new questions and new methodologies to bear on the meaning, function, and contemporary perception and use of interiors in the 1700s. This special issue brings together some of these new perspectives in order to reflect on this changing and, over the last decade, particularly buoyant field. These articles are a selection from a larger body of research presented at a two-day conference on ‘The Georgian Interior’ held at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in November 2005.1 Celebrating the fifth anniversary of the V&A’s redesigned British Galleries, the ‘Georgian Interior’ event formed part of a series of conferences examining interiors from the Tudors and the Stuarts to the Victorians.
article  historiography  cultural_history  architecture  design  style  18thC  consumers  downloaded  EF-add 
september 2013 by dunnettreader
Review essay by: Mark Goldie - Voluntary Anglicans (2003)
JSTOR: The Historical Journal, Vol. 46, No. 4 (Dec., 2003), pp. 977-990 -- downloaded pdf to Note -- Works reviewed: --**-- Restoration, Reformation, and Reform, 1660-1828: Archbishops of Canterbury and Their Diocese by Jeremy Gregory; --**--  The Church in an Age of Danger: Parsons and Parishioners, 1660-1740 by Donald A. Spaeth; --**--  The Quakers in English Society, 1655-1725 by Adrian Davies;  --**-- Hawksmoor's London Churches: Architecture and Theology by Pierre de la Ruffinière du Prey;  --**-- The National Church in Local Perspective: The Church of England and the Regions, 1660-1800 ed by Jeremy Gregory & Jeffrey S. Chamberlain
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september 2013 by dunnettreader

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