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BEYOND BEAUTY: REEXAMINING ARCHITECTURAL PROPORTION THROUGH THE BASILICAS OF SAN LORENZO AND SANTO SPIRITO IN FLORENCE. Matthew A. Cohen. Marsilio Editori s.p.a., Venice, 2013. Published in association with Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio, Vicenza. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Rizzoli International Publications, Inc., New York. 304 pp. with 130 ills. (20 col.). 25 x 20 cm. ISBN 9788831716437 In English: one prefatory text, captions and brief entries also in Italian.
Publisher's description: The magic of early Renaissance architecture. The notion that numerical proportional systems contribute to the serene, orderly appearance of the basilica of San Lorenzo has long stood as a virtual axiom of architectural history. In this book, Cohen challenges this and many other longstanding preconceptions about proportional systems in the history of architecture. Using Brunelleschi's basilicas of San Lorenzo and Santo Spirito as case studies, the author presents a detailed analysis of his comprehensive measurements of these buildings, which he recorded from scaffolding, meticulous observations of the built fabric, and a variety of documentary sources. This book presents a rigorous new approach to an important but little studied area of architectural history and is essential reading for anyone interested in medieval and Renaissance architecture.
Indexing: Western, Europe — Italy — 1400-1600, 1600-1800 — Architecture
Plans: 70
Worldwide Number: 157208
Paperbound $45.00t (libraries receive a 20% discount on this title)    

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