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Building codes : the aesthetics of Calvinism in early modern Europe

Author: Catharine Randall
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©1999.
Series: New cultural studies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In Building Codes, Catharine Randall contends that all Calvinist architecture recalls a scriptural intertext and seeks to build upon the firm foundations of the Gospel. These architects, instructed to erect monuments glorifying Catholic patrons, inscribe the tension between their confessional perspective and their commission upon their structures. Randall explores the ways in which buildings such as Chambord,
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Jean Calvin; Jean Calvin; Jean Calvin; Jacques Androuet du Cerceau; Salomon de Brosse; Jean Bullant; Philibert de L'Orme; Jean Calvin; Calvin, Jean <1509-1564> - Influence.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Catharine Randall
ISBN: 0812234901 9780812234909
OCLC Number: 40907617
Description: xii, 288 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Calvinist Structures and the Catholic State --
1. A Context for Code --
2. Spatial Situations: Calvin's Prototype --
3. Calvinist Recipes for Restructuring the World: Bernard Palissy's Recepte Veritable --
4. Philibert de l'Orme and the "Peculiar Problems" of Protestant Architecture --
5. The Second-Generation Calvinist Architects: Encoding Constraint --
6. Conclusion: Constrained Creations.
Series Title: New cultural studies.
Responsibility: Catharine Randall.

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In Building Codes, Catharine Randall contends that all Calvinist architecture recalls a scriptural intertext and seeks to build upon the firm foundations of the Gospel. These architects, instructed to erect monuments glorifying Catholic patrons, inscribe the tension between their confessional perspective and their commission upon their structures. Randall explores the ways in which buildings such as Chambord, Chenonceau, the Luxembourg Palace, and the Louvre bear encoded criticisms of religious and political authority.

By examining the lives of several famous architects of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, along with blueprints, engravings, actual structures, garden layouts, builders' manuals, and illustrated allegories, this study excavates the Calvinist faith of these architects and demonstrates the dramatic effects their embattled religious perspective had on the structures they built.

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