- Hardcover: 236 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press (November 13, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521573696
- ISBN-13: 978-0521573696
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,996,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wren's 'Tracts' on Architecture and Other Writings
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"...this collection provides an engaging representation of a perceptive and inventive mind at work." Paul Malo, International Journal of the Classical Tradition
"[Soo] is to be congratulated on bringing the writings of Wren back into print and in so doing helping to bring this elusive man into sharper focus." John Bold, Albion
"...invaluable..." James Fenton, New York Review of Books
Wren's "Tracts" on Architecture and Other Writings is the first scholarly examination of the theoretical work of one of the most important architects of early modern Europe. From his study of ancient buildings, he posited a new version of the origins and development of the Classical style, thereby becoming one of the first to challenge theoretical principles of architecture that had been upheld since the Renaissance. Rejecting the idea of beauty as absolute and innate, Wren formulated an empirical definition, based on visual perception and custom.
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Top Customer Reviews
Covering such topics as London's antiquities, Reports on Gothic churches, Church architecture in general, and the tracts themselves, Soo's work gives the reader a rare chance to 'get into the mind' of one of the greatest minds ever to have existed.
Soo's annotations shed much light on Wren's own writings (many of which were actually transcribed by Wren' own son). Much has been written about Britain's most famous architect, but very few have attempted to get 'under the bonnet' (hood) of the Great Man - and here Soo has succeeded.
Copiously illustrated with Wren's own drawings and many contemporary illustrations, the book can be thoroughly recommended. A magnificent effort.