This book, from the publishers long-running World of Art series, continues the high standard of content, style, and image that we have learned to expect. The author traces the development of Western architecture from ancient Greece to the present. He accomplishes this with 456 black-and-white illustrations and clear writing that attempts to go beyond architectural theory to show the social and political influences on buildings. The chapters move easily through discussions of Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical styles, concentrating on significant buildings, key dates, and architectural functions. Concluding chapters investigate the many variations of modernism, from Wright's Robie House to Gehry's Guggenheim, to complete this excellent overview of 26 centuries of Western architectural ideas and forms.
Ian Sulton. New York: Thames & Hudson (800-233-4830), 1999. Illus., softcover, 384 pp., $16.95.
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|Date:||Sep 1, 2000|
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