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The Classical Language of Architecture

Classical architecture is a visual "language" and like any other language has its own grammatical rules. 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. Sir Christopher Wren described them as the "Latin" of architecture and the analogy is almost exact. There is the difference, however, that whereas the learning of Latin is a slow and difficult business, the language of classical architecture is relatively simple. 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. Anybody to whom architecture makes a strong appeal has probably already discovered something of its grammar for himself in this book, the author's purpose is to set out as simply and vividly as possible the exact grammatical workings of this architectural language. He is less concerned with its development in Greece and Rome than with its expansion and use in the centuries since the Renaissance. He explains the vigorous discipline of "the orders" and the scope of "rustication"; the dramatic deviations of the Baroque and, in the last chapter, the relationship between the classical tradition and the "modern" architecture of today. The book is intended for anybody who cares for architecture but more specifically for students beginning a course in the history of architecture, to whom a guide to the classical rules will be an essential companion.

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  • "Classical architecture is a visual "language" and like any other language has its own grammatical rules. 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. Sir Christopher Wren described them as the "Latin" of architecture and the analogy is almost exact. There is the difference, however, that whereas the learning of Latin is a slow and difficult business, the language of classical architecture is relatively simple. 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. Anybody to whom architecture makes a strong appeal has probably already discovered something of its grammar for himself in this book, the author's purpose is to set out as simply and vividly as possible the exact grammatical workings of this architectural language. He is less concerned with its development in Greece and Rome than with its expansion and use in the centuries since the Renaissance. He explains the vigorous discipline of "the orders" and the scope of "rustication"; the dramatic deviations of the Baroque and, in the last chapter, the relationship between the classical tradition and the "modern" architecture of today. The book is intended for anybody who cares for architecture but more specifically for students beginning a course in the history of architecture, to whom a guide to the classical rules will be an essential companion."@en

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  • "El Lenguaje clásico de la arquitectura : de L.B. Alberti a Le Corbusier"@es
  • "El Lenguaje clásico de la arquitectura : de L.B. Alberti a Le Corbusier"
  • "The Classical Language of Architecture"
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  • "Jian zhu de gu dian yu yan"
  • "El lenguaje clásico de la arquitectura : de L.B. Alberti a Le Corbusier"@es
  • "El lenguaje clásico de la arquitectura : de L.B. Alberti a Le Corbusier"
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  • "建筑的古典语言"
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  • "建築的古典語言"
  • "Classical Language of Architecture"@en
  • "El lenguaje cls̀ico de la arquitectura : de L. B. Alberti a Le Corbusier"@es
  • "建築裡的古典語言"
  • "Klasični jezik arhitekture"
  • "Jian zhu li de gu dian yu yan"
  • "The classical language of architecture"
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  • "Le Langage classique de l'architecture"
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  • "El Lenguaje clásico de la arquitectura : de J. B. Alberti a Le Corbusier"
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  • "Jian Zhu De Gu Dian Yu Yan"
  • "El lenguaje clásico de la arquitectura de L.B. Alberti a Le Corbousier"@es
  • "Le langage classique de l'architecture"
  • "El lenguaje clásico de la arquitectura : de L. B. Alberti a Le Corbusier"@es
  • "El lenguaje clásico de la arquitectura : de L. B. Alberti a Le Corbusier"
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