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List of illustrations vii
How to use this book xii
1. Foundations of a modern discipline 9
Architectural history as the architect’s patrimony 13
The architect as artist 19
Architecture and empirical knowledge 25
Architecture and culture 31
A modern discipline? 36
2. Organizing the past 41
Style and period 44
Geography and culture 57
Theme and analogy 71
3. Evidence 76 vi Contents
4. How useful? 97
5. History and theory 115
Further reading 156
Index of names 164 List of illustrations
1 Il Gesù. Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons. 2
2 Florentia, rendering intended to illustrate
Ptolemy’s Geograﬁ a, probably drawn 1420.
Courtesy of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. 12
3 Sebastiano Serlio, studies of architectural details
from the Pantheon, in Book III ‘On Antiquities’,
Tutte l’opere d’architettura et prospetiva, 2nd edn,
1544. Courtesy of the Bibliothèque Nationale
de France. 16
4 Titian (Tiziano Vecellio), portrait of Giulio
Romano, c.1536. Courtesy of the Museo Civico del
Pala 330 Te, Mantua. © Christie’s Images Corbis 21
5 Pirro Ligorio, Anteiquae Urbis Imago, 1561,
detail. Courtesy of the British School at Rome. 27
6 Renaissance Gothic: Stephan Weyrer the Elder,
Church of St George, Nördlingen, nave and choir
vaults, c.1500. Courtesy of Andreas Praetcker and
Wikipedia Commons. 49 viii List of illustrations
7 Mies and America? Jacqueline Kennedy chatting
with Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, 12 April 1964,
Hyannis Port, Mass. © Bettman/Corbis. 55
8 Whose heritage? Kaiserbad Spa (now Bath I) at
Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, architects Fellner
und Helmer, Vienna 1895, atelierchef Alexander
Neumann, photographer unknown. Private collection. 61
9 Evolution of the temple type, Plate 1 of Les
ruines des plus beaux monuments de la Grèce,
considérées du côté de l’histoire et du côté de
l’architecture, by Julien-David Le Roy, plate by
Michelinot, after Le Moine. 64
10 Ampio Magniﬁ co Collegio, by Giovanni
Battista Piranesi, ﬁ rst published in his Opera
varie di architettura, prospettive, grotteschi,
antichità (Rome: Bouchard, 1750). Courtesy of the
Universiteitsbibliotheek Gent. 70
11 Jeffries apartment and courtyard, West 10th St,
Greenwich Village, New York, depicted in Rear
Window, directed by Alfred Hitchcock (1954).
Production photograph. Courtesy of Paramount/
The Kobal Collections. 74
12 Poster advertising the Exhibition of Seventy
Drawings by Francesco Borromini from the
Albertina of Vienna at the Gabinetto Nazionale
delle Stampe, Rome, 1958–9. Courtesy of the
Albertina, Vienna. 82
13 Measured drawing and geometrical study of
San Lorenzo, Florence, by Matthew A. Cohen.
By permission of Matthew A. Cohen. 87
14 Adelaide, South Australia, drawn by Le Corbusier
with Hugh Trumble, Bogotá, Colombia, 1950.
Courtesy of the Fondation le Corbusier. © Le
Corbusier/ADAGP. Licensed by VISCOPY, 2009. 90
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