The Sheldonian Theatre: Architecture and Learning in Seventeenth-Century Oxford (Studies in British Art)

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A jewel of the University of Oxford, the Sheldonian Theatre stands out among the groundbreaking designs by the great British architect Sir Christopher Wren. Published to coincide with the 350th anniversary of the building’s construction, this meticulously researched book takes a fresh look at the historical influences that shaped the Sheldonian’s development, including the Restoration of the English monarchy and the university’s commitment to episcopal religion.
The book explains just how novel Wren’s design was in its day, in part because the academic theater was a building type without precedent in England, and in part because the Sheldonian’s classical style stood apart in its university context. The author also points to a shift in the guiding motivation behind the architecture at Oxford: from a tradition that largely perpetuated medieval forms to one that conceived classical architecture in relation to late Renaissance learning. Newly commissioned photographs showcase the theater’s recently restored interior.

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ISBN-13: 9780300195040
ISBN-10: 0300195044
Pagini: 172
Ilustrații: 45 color + 22 b-w illus.
Dimensiuni: 191 x 254 x 20 mm
Greutate: 0.82 kg
Ediția: New.
Editura: Yale University Press
Colecția Paul Mellon Centre
Seria Studies in British Art

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Anthony Geraghty is senior lecturer in the history of art at the University of York.


“His book is a learned and fascinating account of the Sheldonian in its academic, intellectual and religious contexts.”—Peter Howell, The Art Newspaper

Shortlisted for the Alice Davis Hitchcock 2014 Award sponsored by the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain.