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Howard Colvin, Architecture and the After-Life , Yale University Press, 1991, Hardback, £45, ISBN 0-300-05098-4.

Howard Colvin, Architecture and the After-Life , Yale University Press, 1991, Hardback, £45, ISBN... Howard 1991, Colvin, Architecture and the After-Life, Yale University Press, Hardback, £45, isbn 0-300-05098-4. This extensive survey represents something of a new departure for architectural history: it is very much a pioneer study, of exceptional depth and range, in the interaction of the history of architecture and the history of ideas. Similar studies have been attempted for various specific topics and periods, but this chooses rather to pursue a single idea—the architecture of the commemoration of the dead from prehistory to the nineteenth century—taking an immense number of examples into account. For all the modest disclaimers in the preface that this is no more than a selection of essays, it gives a very full and complete account of the subject. A survey of this scope would be praiseworthy and interesting in itself, but what gives this its real claims to innovation is the meticulousness with which Colvin documents the interrelations between periods, giving scrupulous information on the transmission and survival of particular monuments and works of art and their influence on succeeding generations. Clearly, a full study of a category of building which is so intensely bound up with human ideas and emotions will have to devote unusual http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Architectural Heritage Edinburgh University Press

Howard Colvin, Architecture and the After-Life , Yale University Press, 1991, Hardback, £45, ISBN 0-300-05098-4.

Architectural Heritage , Volume 3 (1): 105 – Jan 1, 1992

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Edinburgh University Press
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Copyright © Edinburgh University Press
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Book Reviews
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1350-7524
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10.3366/arch.1992.3.1.105
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Howard 1991, Colvin, Architecture and the After-Life, Yale University Press, Hardback, £45, isbn 0-300-05098-4. This extensive survey represents something of a new departure for architectural history: it is very much a pioneer study, of exceptional depth and range, in the interaction of the history of architecture and the history of ideas. Similar studies have been attempted for various specific topics and periods, but this chooses rather to pursue a single idea—the architecture of the commemoration of the dead from prehistory to the nineteenth century—taking an immense number of examples into account. For all the modest disclaimers in the preface that this is no more than a selection of essays, it gives a very full and complete account of the subject. A survey of this scope would be praiseworthy and interesting in itself, but what gives this its real claims to innovation is the meticulousness with which Colvin documents the interrelations between periods, giving scrupulous information on the transmission and survival of particular monuments and works of art and their influence on succeeding generations. Clearly, a full study of a category of building which is so intensely bound up with human ideas and emotions will have to devote unusual

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Architectural HeritageEdinburgh University Press

Published: Jan 1, 1992

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