Architectural Masterpieces



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‘Art & Design in Architecture: made visible’ is a journey through time and a celebration of the visual arts.

From classical Greek and Roman architecture, through Gothic style to modern buildings, and from proportion and symmetry to art nouveau, this unique PDF book highlights design and construction through the ages from a European perspective.

The main eras covered in this illustrated history of art and architecture are: Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Medieval, Renaissance, Post-Renaissance, Modern and Contemporary art.

This ebook includes many examples of significant buildings in England, with historic Roman Chester being a particular focus.

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All architectural historians with a passion for their country need to record their heritage in an ever-changing world. Why? See Djenne, Mali, Mankind’s Creativity, chapter 18.

Our DNA tells us we thrive on decoration from cave to palace, even on our own bodies

From mutilation, or makeup to costume, just to be different. Some individuals have a strong desire to dress-up to show-off, from the very poor to the so-called rich. It is an innermost greed in mankind’s religion to show-off. The good architect tries to smooth out these excesses, against the here today and gone tomorrow. And to travel the world does really broaden the mind.

A good example is the BBC’s Michael Portillo, our modern-day Bradshaw evangelist, talks about how good HE think’s something is. Positively, he meets people and places. These are the real gems, the richness of small countries and their heritage.

My “Art & Design in Architecture: made visible” is my journey through time as a European’s view on history. I would like to see all the corners of humanity from Africa to Asia and all countries in-between, that is someone else’s challenge.

Images taken from BBC and film makers have been given with full permission to publish, with credits shown. We have used copyright material to educate the public to widen their knowledge to appreciate art-history that sometimes is lacking. Their national styled gift-shops sell the same nationwide, a funfair-for-things-to-do. Some include modern “Art” in my mind distracts from the real architecture around them. More web sites should record their restoration work, and their architectural unique history, every building has a story to tell us. So, give us the information and educate the public.

All subjective comments are the author’s own, like the design comments on the Scottish Parliament Buildings, the Colosseum (author’s name), Chester’s new round Hotel & Office Block, now called the Abode.