J. B. Fischer von Erlach: Architecture as Theater in the Baroque Era (Hardcover)

J. B. Fischer von Erlach: Architecture as Theater in the Baroque Era By Esther Gordon Dotson, Mark Richard Ashton (By (photographer)) Cover Image
By Esther Gordon Dotson, Mark Richard Ashton (By (photographer))
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Though little known in the English-speaking world, Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach (1656-1723) was one of the most important and influential European baroque architects. The buildings that he designed for the emperor of Austria and his courtiers reveal an element of theatricality—an element that author Esther Gordon Dotson probes in this attractive volume.

In his architectural designs, Fischer incorporated devices from ceremonial pageantry and scene design, controlled lighting effects, and a sense of dramatic progression in approaching and moving through a building. Dotson identifies these various elements in her close reading of Fischer's structures, and splendid new photographs, taken by Mark Richard Ashton, bring them to life on the printed page. The author also delves into Fischer's past and his writings to explain the impact his awareness of architectural history, his early employment by designers of street-festival pageants and his relationships with others involved in such staged productions had upon his architectural designs. Dotson guides readers in discovering the theatrical qualities in Fischer's buildings, illuminating their conceptual liveliness, variety, drama, and enduring beauty.

About the Author

At the time of her death in October 2009, Esther Gordon Dotson was professor emerita in the Department of the History of Art at Cornell University. Mark Richard Ashton is an independent scholar and photographer in Ithaca, New York.

Praise For…

“Aimed at ‘interested travellers and students’, Dotson’s book and Ashton’s photographs provide a lively, thoughtful and evocative introduction to the work of an architect who deserves to take his place alongside Bernini and Wren in the English-language canon.”—Gauvin Alexander Bailey, Burlington Magazine
— Gauvin Alexander Bailey

Product Details
ISBN: 9780300166682
ISBN-10: 0300166680
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication Date: June 1st, 2012
Pages: 184
Language: English