Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 April 2015

224 Pages | 60 Illustrations, black & white

9.21 x 6.14 inches

ISBN: 9780719095801

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The paradox of body, building and motion in seventeenth-century England

Kimberley Skelton

Published by Manchester University Press

Rethinking Arts Histories MUP

  • Explores the visual and cultural frameworks underlying the seventeenth-century turn to motion as a mode of perception identified by art and cultural historians, including Baxandall, Deleuze, and Wölfflin
  • Blends intellectual and architectural histories to expand the frequent focus on social, stylistic, or individual building history in scholarship on the early modern built environment
  • Deepens current art historical analysis of sensory response to objects and environments by considering how the underlying philosophical assumptions about sensory experience and mental attitude informed expectations of the viewer and the design process
  • Offers a holistic portrait of English domestic architecture by blending façade, plan, interior decoration, and garden design through analysis of the seventeenth-century viewer's experience
  • Examines in detail the little studied mid-seventeenth-century house and estate through an interdisciplinary framework

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