Reflections on Baroque
By (author) Robert Harbison
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Reflections on Baroque by Robert Harbison
Book DescriptionThis text offers a reinterpretation of the 17th-century Baroque style and the cultural and political interests that gave rise to it. Baroque's many forms spread throughout Catholic Europe, infiltrated Protestant England, Orthodox Russia and even colonial Latin America and Asia. This book traces the complex and divergent origins of Baroque back to forces including 17th-century mysticism and science, personal features of Michelangelo's architecture and a papal wish to reassert the primacy of Rome. The author, Robert Harbison, takes into account the architecture, as well as the art, scenography, music, poetry and literature of the period and he explores the metamorphoses of Baroque ideas and works of art into later styles, particularly the Rococo. He also follows the Baroque idea through the 19th and 20th centuries with analyses of imitations or resemblences in works ranging from Czech Cubism to the architecture of Frank Gehry.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226316017
(243mm x 167mm x 22mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2003
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Robert Harbison
Ruins and Fragments, Hardback (May 2015)
Ruins and Fragments is a wide-ranging, elliptical, engaging view of the history of modernity through the lens of the ruined and fragmentary. It explores literary fragments such as the plays of Aeschylus, as well as how writers - Joyce, Coleridge, Pound, T. S. Elliot - exploit fragmentary techniques and forms.
Travels in the History of Architecture, Paperback (January 2011)
Robert Harbison's book is a broad ranging approach that frequently ventures outside perceived boundaries and presents a fresh view of the history of architecture based on close readings of choice examples, from ancient temples to twenty-first-century museums.
Reflections on Baroque, Paperback (September 2002)
From its beginnings in the seventeenth century, the Baroque embraced the whole of Catholic Europe and infiltrated Protestant England, Orthodox Russia and even Muslim Turkey. This title offers readings that stress its eccentric and tumultuous forms, in which a destablized sense of reality is often projected onto the viewer.
Eccentric Spaces, Paperback (April 2000)» View all books by Robert Harbison
The subject is the human imagination--and the mysterious interplay between the imagination and the spaces it has made for itself to live in: gardens, rooms, buildings, streets, museums and maps, fictional topographies, and architectures. The book is a lesson in seeing and sensing the manifold forms created by the mind for its own pleasure.
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Author Biography - Robert Harbison
Robert Harbison is a professor of architecture and interior design at the University of North London. He is the author of "Eccentric Spaces" and "Thirteen Ways: Theoretical Investigations in Architecture."
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