A History of Architecture

A History of Architecture

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A History of Architecture

A History of Architecture

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Harper's Fine Arts Series is intended to provide for the student and the general reader concise but authoritative histories of architecture, sculpture, and painting. During the last twenty years the study of the monuments of the past has been pursued with constantly increasing thoroughness by a great number of well-trained scholars. Hundreds of books and articles devoted to individual artists, to single monuments or groups of monuments, or to special periods have appeared, which have greatly modified the generalizations and theories of a generation or even a decade ago. The spade of the excavator has added many new and important monuments to those already known, and brought to light new evidence on disputed points. Most of the older handbooks, therefore, are "out of date" in many respects, and some of those more recently published repeat traditional statements which have, in many cases, been proved incorrect. It has been the endeavor of the writers of this series to consider all the results of modern investigation and to summarize them as clearly as possible. The need for such summaries of the results of research seems to be better met by single volumes than by more elaborate treatises, which can have no compensating gain in authoritativeness unless they are the work of many collaborators.

In every case of conflicting theories the writers have tried, after weighing all the evidence, to present the view which seems to them most probable, and then to give, in selected bibliographies, the titles of books which will be found helpful for further study. They have not attempted to discuss a large number of monuments of any given period, but have chosen rather to emphasize important and characteristic works and to show their relation to the whole development. In some cases, also, they have emphasized certain aspects of . . .

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