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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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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.

The Classical Language of Architecture

Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. See all 18 reviews. Ross Gilfillan rated it liked it Jul 24, Want to Read saving…. Sir Christopher Wren described them as the “Latin” of architecture and the analogy is almost exact. Summerson is one of my favourite architectural writers. I can’t recommend it highly enough if you take any interest in architecture. 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.


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Be the first to ask a question about The Classical Language of Architecture. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Published December 15th by Mit Press first published No archotecture or quizzes yet. Please try again later. A true masterpiece about classical architecture that spans antiquity to 19th century European and American architecture.

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Delivery and Qrchitecture see our delivery rates and policies thinking of returning an item? Read reviews that mention classical architecture read this book classic key summerson text degree glossary illustrations knowledge modern pages. See Complete Table of Contents. So far out of my depth. It assumes no knowledge and is very well written and set out.

Customers who viewed this item also viewed. However, it’s a little too Brit-centric, which is forgivable since it was originally a BBC radio broadcast. It is still, to a great extent, the mode of expression of our urban surroundings, since classical architecture was the common language of the western world till comparatively recent times.


It goes from the first civilizations to use that form of expression, to the latest. Adchitecture to Book Page. Refresh and try again. Also, probably since these lectures were broadcasted by the BBC, there is a lot of emphasis on British architects and buildings.

Summerson had a great gift for explaining difficult things in plain English. Think this is awesome, share it! Learn more about Amazon Prime.

Summerson’s six radio lectures about architecture is a short read, very easy to follow. William J R Curtis. See and discover other items: 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 languaage time.