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Discoveries: Architecture of the Renaissance (Discoveries (Harry Abrams)) Paperback – March 30, 1996


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  • Series: Discoveries (Harry Abrams)
  • Paperback: 159 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (March 30, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810928140
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810928145
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,269,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anna Shlimovich on July 22, 2012
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I ordered this book for the upcoming voyage to Firenze and Toscana, in hope to learn more of Brunelleschi and other Florentine architects of the Rinascimento. But goodness, it turned out to be packed with invaluable information, marvelous drawings and illustrations complimenting the very well written text!

The format of the book is quite small, and it is truly amazing how compactly the great knowledge is laid out on its pages. It encompasses timeline from Gothic to Mannerism, when it finishes on Baldassare Perruzi's frescoes on the second floor in Villa Farnesina in Rome (it is the wall where scribbling of the Emperor Charles V's soldiers of the sack of Rome are meticulously preserved).

The book touches on many much admired and well-known buildings: Gothic Santa Maria Novella with its Renaissance facade by Leon Battista Alberti; Gothic Santa Croce of Arnolfo di Cambio with its Renaissance Capella de Pazzi by Brunelleschi, Palazzo of Charles V in Alhambra by Pedro Machuca, Santo Spirito by Brunelleschi, Palazzi Farnese in Rome and in Caprarola, Palazzo Medici-Riccardi by Michelozzo, Villa Rotonda by Palladio, Chateau de Chambord, Teatro Olimpico by Palladio - all these were a pleasure to see again after seeing live countless times, and to learn something new, as for the edifices like these one can never know enough.

Yet there were some great discoveries for me personally - I was fascinated by the description of Château d'Ecouen, of which I had never heard before. The book made me change my next itinerary in France, adding this chateau to the already planned Chantilly.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 27, 2002
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This book explains the Renaissance architecture very clearly. I wish I had this book in the beginning of the semester. Now I understand what my professor was trying to say. It explains what the Renaissance is all about, the principles, the language, the different building types and more. It also has beautiful photography and illustrations. I highly recommend this book for anyone wanting an introduction to the Renaissance.
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By andrew meckfessel on December 19, 2012
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It offers varying insight to traditional buildings that any architect must know and learn about to be successful in the practice.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tom Corbin on February 28, 2001
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This is an excellent overview of Renaissance architecture. I've been carrying it around in my book bag (off and on) for years. If you like art and want to learn more about architecture, buy this book.
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