THE PICTURESQUE. ARCHITECTURE, DISGUST AND OTHER IRREGULARITIES

THE PICTURESQUE. ARCHITECTURE, DISGUST AND OTHER IRREGULARITIES.

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In this fresh and authoritative account John Macarthur presents the eighteenth century idea of the picturesque -when it was a risky term concerned with a refined taste for everyday things, such as the hovels of the labouring poor- in the light of its reception and effects in modern culture. In a series of linked essays Macarthur shows: what the concept of picture does in the picturesque and how this relates to modern theories of the image; how the distaste that might be felt today at the sentimentality of the picturesque was already at play in the eighteenth century; how visual values such as 'irregularity become the basis of modern architectural planning; how the concept of appropriating a view moves from landscape design into urban design why movement is fundamental to picturing the stillness of buildings, cities and landscapes.

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