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Architecture in Context


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Architecture in Context is a series of seven books by Christopher Tadgell describing and illustrating all the seminal traditions from man’s early settlements in the Euphrates and Jordan valleys to the technologically complex and stylistically sophisticated buildings of the second half of the twentieth century. In a synthesis of extraordinary range, it brings together the fruits of a lifetime of teaching and travelling the world, seeing and photographing buildings. Each stand-alone volume sets the buildings described and illustrated within their political, technological, social and cultural contexts, exploring architecture not only as the development of form but as an expression of the civilization within which it evolved.

The series focuses on the story of the Classical tradition from its origins in Mesopotamia and Egypt, through its realization in ancient Greece and Rome, to the Renaissance, Neo-Classicism, Eclecticism and Modernism. This thread is supplemented with excursions to cover the development of architecture in Central America, India, South-East Asia, and the Islamic world.

For students of architecture and art history, for travellers and for readers who want to understand the genesis of the buildings they see around them, each volume provides a complete, readable and superbly illustrated reference.

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Antiquity Origins, Classicism and the New Rome

Antiquity Origins, Classicism and the New Rome

1st Edition

Christopher Tadgell
June 01, 2017

This is the first in a series of seven books that describe and illustrate the seminal architectural traditions of the world. It describes the origins of the Classical tradition in the mountain temples of Sumer, the pyramids of Egypt and the ziggurats of Mesopotamia. The story continues with the ...

Architecture in Context: Boxset

Architecture in Context: Boxset

1st Edition

Christopher Tadgell
July 31, 2017

Architecture in Context is a series of seven books describing and illustrating all the seminal traditions of architecture from the earliest settlements in the Euphrates and Jordan valleys to the stylistically and technologically sophisticated buildings of the second half of the twentieth century. ...

Islam From Medina to the Maghreb and from the Indies to Istanbul

Islam From Medina to the Maghreb and from the Indies to Istanbul

1st Edition

Christopher Tadgell
June 01, 2017

The Prophet Muhammad – acknowledged by his followers to have been the hand with which God wrote his definitive Word enshrined in the Koran – was born into the Quraishi tribe at Mecca c. 570 and died in Medina in 632. The great religion founded on that Word, which first claimed the submission (Islam...

Modernity Enlightenment and Revolution – ideal and unforeseen consequence

Modernity Enlightenment and Revolution – ideal and unforeseen consequence

1st Edition

Christopher Tadgell
June 01, 2017

The seventh book in the Architecture in Context series, this is a comprehensive survey of the European tradition of architecture from the pre-dawn of the Enlightenment in early Georgian England to the triumph of Brutalism in the seventh decade of the twentieth century. The three main sections are ...

Reformations From High Renaissance to Mannerism in the new West of religious contention and colonial expansion

Reformations From High Renaissance to Mannerism in the new West of religious contention and colonial expansion

1st Edition

Christopher Tadgell
June 01, 2017

Unprecedented in scope, this fifth volume in the Architecture in Context series traces the rediscovery of Classical ideas and the emergence of the great artists and architects of late 15th- and early 16th-century Italy that led to the cultural peak characterized as the High Renaissance. It begins ...

The East Buddhists, Hindus and the Sons of Heaven

The East Buddhists, Hindus and the Sons of Heaven

1st Edition

Christopher Tadgell
June 01, 2017

The East, the second in a series of seven books that describe and illustrate the seminal architectural traditions of the world, is a survey of unparalleled range and depth. The journey starts on the Indian subcontinent with the Vedic and native traditions of the 2nd millennium BCE, modified by the ...

The West From the advent of Christendom to the eve of Reformation

The West From the advent of Christendom to the eve of Reformation

1st Edition

Christopher Tadgell
June 01, 2017

This volume tells the story of European architecture in the ‘middle ages’ – from the destruction by northern barbarians of Rome and the urban society it had fostered to the rediscovery of Classical values and the rebirth of humanism in 15th-century Italy. This period saw the evolution of feudalism,...

Transformations Baroque and Rococo in the age of absolutism and the Church Triumphant

Transformations Baroque and Rococo in the age of absolutism and the Church Triumphant

1st Edition

Christopher Tadgell
June 01, 2017

Unprecedented in scope – like its companion volume on the High Renaissance, Mannerism – this sixth volume in the Architecture in Context series traces the development of architecture and decoration in the 17th and early 18th centuries – particularly the transformation of rationalist Classical ...

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