J. B. Fischer Von Erlach - Hans AurenhammerCambridge: Harvard University Press, 1973, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Previous owners' name to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Chronological tables ; Black & white plates;
From the cover: “Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach was one of the greatest Baroque architects. His spectacularly dramatic buildings are familiar to all who have visited Vienna and Salzburg, for he was the virtual creator of the Austrian Baroque style. In them may be seen reflected the rise of the Habsburg Empire to the status of a European power, that sudden, delayed efflorescence during the period of peace and prosperity which followed the defeat of the Turks in 1683. The style was internationally based. Fischer was trained in Rome, travelled in northern Europe and England, and was familiar with contemporary architectural developments in France.
In this book — the fullest study of his work yet published in English — Dr Hans Aurenhammer sets Fischer in the context of his time, artistically, socially and philosophically. He takes into account not only the surviving buildings but also the temporary structures designed for festivals, his idealistic and often fantastic architectural projects, and his influential publication on the architecture of the world. He examines the symbolical meanings of decorative elements in Fischer’s palaces and churches and shows how they express the desire of the Emperor and his court to create a new Rome on the Danube. He investigates the possible relationship between the work of Fischer and the philosophical writings of Leibniz. But above all, and as a result of studying Fischer’s artistic debts and sources, he reveals this great architect’s true originality — his inexhaustible inventiveness and his mastery of mass and space. The book includes a full list of Fischer’s works, including his drawings.”