1st Edition

The Built Surface: v. 1: Architecture and the Visual Arts from Antiquity to the Enlightenment

By Christy Anderson, Karen Koehler Copyright 2002

    This title was first published in 2002: Since antiquity through to the present, architecture and the pictorial arts (paintings, photography, graphic arts) have not been rigidly separated but interrelated - the one informing the other, and establishing patterns of creation and reception. In the Classical tradition the education of the architect and artist has always stressed this relationship between the arts, although modern scholarship has too often treated them as separate disciplines. These volumes explore the history of this exchange between the arts as it emerged from classical theory into artistic and architectural practice. Issues of visual representation, perspective, allegory, site specificity, ornamentation, popular culture, memorials, urban and utopian planning, and the role of treatises, manifestos, and other theoretical writings are addressed, as well as the critical reaction to these products and practices. This title represents a variety of methods, approaches, and diatectical interpretations - cases where architecture informs the themes and physical space of pictures, or pictorial concerns inform the design and construction of the built environment. The exchanges between architecture and pictures explored by these authors are found to be in all cases ideologically potent, and therefore significantly expressive of their respective social, political, and intellectual histories.

    1: Architecture and painting: the biological connection; 2: Playing with boundaries: painted architecture in Roman interiors; 3: Geography, cartography and the architecture of power in the mosaics of the Great Mosque of Damascus 1; 4: in VISIBLE: picturing interiority in western Himalayan st?pa architecture; 5: The representation of Maya architecture 1; 6: Abbot Suger and the Temple in Jerusalem: a new interpretation of the sacred environment in the royal abbey of Saint-Denis 1; 7: Falling through the cracks: the fate of painted palace façades in sixteenth-century Italy; 8: Verbal and visual abstraction: the role of pictorial techniques of representation in Renaissance architectural theory; 9: Architecture and the narrative dimension of two Alberti frontispieces of the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries; 10: Pieter de Hooch’s revisions of the Amsterdam Town Hall; 11: Andrea Pozzo’s Prospettiva de pittori e architetti: architecture as a system of representations; 12: Romanticism’s Piranesi; 13: ‘The baseless fabric of a vision’: civic architecture and pictorial representation at Sir John Soane’s Museum; 14: History and the image: from the Lyons School to Paul Delaroche


    Christy Anderson, Karen Koehler