Architecture in Minutes by Susie Hodge

By Susie Hodge

During this concise and accomplished advisor to the realm of structure, paintings historian Susie Hodge outlines the historical past and idea of structure, from the earliest buildings and monuments to the state of the art strategies of the current day, and profiles dozens of key structures and celebrated architects. subject matters and ideas contain the Greek orders, Roman engineering, Gothic structure, the Renaissance, the Baroque period, Revivalism, artwork Nouveau, Modernism, Futurism, and Dynamic structure. each notion is followed via an illustration.

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Romanesque churches in Italy generally followed the plan of traditional basilicas (see here) but, in Lombardy in particular, they developed a more ambitious appearance. Colourful Tuscan marble, used widely in Pisa and Florence, created strikingly variegated exteriors, in contrast to Romanesque churches elsewhere. For instance, San Miniato al Monte (pictured), built in the 12th century in Florence, follows a classical and elegant style, with blind arcades and a patterned marble façade. The Baptistery of St Giovanni, built in Florence in 1059–1128, is octagonal and embellished with white and green marble.

Cave temples Dating from the second century BCE to about 460–480 CE, some 30 rock-cut Buddhist cave temples were built at Ajanta, near the city of Aurangabad in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Nearby lie the Ellora caves (opposite), built during the sixth to ninth centuries by the Rashtrakuta dynasty and comprising Hindu, Buddhist and Jain temples. The Badami cave temples in the Bagalkot district, meanwhile, comprise four caves, all carved out of the soft sandstone cliff. Today some 1,200 Indian cave temples survive, built chiefly between the fifth and tenth centuries, in fairly close proximity to each other.

The oldest surviving ziggurat, in the ancient city of Uruk, pre-dates the Egyptian pyramids by several centuries. A shrine at the summit of the stepped platform was approached by outer stairs. The temple is believed to have been dedicated to the sky god Anu, and its corners point towards the cardinal points of the compass. 2113–2096 BCE. The best preserved of the ancient ziggurats, it is built with a core of mud bricks and an outer casing of fired brick. Three converging ramps lead up to a platform, from which a central stairway continues to the top, where a temple once stood.

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