The Classical Language of Architecture First Edition [John Summerson] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The Classical Language of Architecture. Front Cover. John Summerson. Methuen & Company, – Architecture – 56 pages. The Classical Language of Architecture is a compilation of six BBC radio lectures given in by Sir John Summerson. It is a some page discussion.

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Sir Christopher Wren described them as the “Latin” of architecture and the analogy is almost exact. Really useful for the course I was studying in classical architecture. Visit our Help Pages.

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Summerson finishes his book by looking briefly at the classical influence in architecture as it transitioned through the Enlightenment and towards Modernism and contemporary architecture.

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I found this the most helpful architecture book of all, admittedly coming from a standing start as a general reader rather than a student. There’s a problem loading this menu at the moment. Jun 03, Andrew Rodda rated it really liked it Shelves: It guides the Orders through the Renaissance, Mannerism, Baroque, Neo-Classical, and Modern architecture, briefly explaining some of the greatest works and architects form these periods.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. See Complete Table of Contents. See and discover other items: Read more Read less. Classical buildings as widely spaced in time as a Roman temple, an Italian Renaissance palace and a Regency house all show an awareness of th The author’s purpose is to set out as simply and vividly as possible the exact grammatical workings of an architectural language. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.

Modern Architecture Since Wonderful little book and as sophisticated as a British educational book can be! If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? This is a brilliant book: Marco Spagna rated it really liked it Mar 29, Think this is awesome, share it! Unlimited One-Day Delivery and more. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. The premise being that classical values lie in the harmonious relationships of parts, it is important to know why and how this ideal has sustained itself over time.

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Apr 15, Jason Copenhaver rated it liked it. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Of course the book could use wummerson extra pictures, as now the reader must flip the pages quite a lot to be able to follow the text, which describes quite small details in the architectural language of the buildings.

Sent from and sold by Amazon. Return to Book Page. Read twice many years apart, and found it classival still engaging. I read it in Portuguese. Classical buildings as widely spaced in time as a Roman temple, an Italian Renaissance palace and a Regency house all show an awareness of these rules even if they vary them, break them or poetically contradict them.