Problems of Style: Foundations for a History of Ornament

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Written at the height of the arts and crafts movement in fin-de-siecle Vienna, Alois Riegl's Stilfragen represented a turning point in defining art and understanding the sources of its inspiration. Demonstrating an uninterrupted continuity in the history of ornament from the ancient Egyptian through the Islamic period, Riegl argued that the creative urge manifests itself in both "great art" and the most humble artifact, and that change is an inherent part of style. This new translation, which renders Riegl's seminal work in contemporary, readable prose, allows for a fresh reexamination of his thought in light of current revisionist debate. His discovery of infinite variation in the restatement of several decorative motifs - the palmette, rosette, tendril - led Riegl to believe that art is completely independent from exterior conditions and is beyond individual volition. This thinking laid the groundwork for his famous concept of Kunstwollen, or artistic intention.

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"A fine translation of [Riegl's] groundbreaking book of 1893 on the history of ornament , Problems of Stylehas been made available, equipped with a generous apparatus of notes enabling us to evaluate his theories in light of other scholarship on the subject." --The Times Literary Supplement


List of Illustrations
Translator's Note
Annotator's Introduction and Acknowledgments
Introduction 3
Ch. 1 The Geometric Style 14
Ch. 2 The Heraldic Style 41
Ch. 3 The Introduction of Vegetal Ornament and the Development of the Ornamental Tendril 48
A Near Eastern 53
1 Egyptian. The Development of Vegetal Ornament 53
2 Mesopotamian 83
3 Phoenician 96
4 Persian 102
B Vegetal Ornament in Greek Art 104
1 Mycenaean. The Origin of the Tendril 106
2 The Dipylon Style 137
3 Melian 140
4 Rhodian 145
5 Early Boeotian and Early Attic 156
6 The Interlacing Tendril 161
7 The Development of the Tendril Frieze 172
8 The Further Development of the All-over Tendril Pattern 178
9 The Emergence of Acanthus Ornament 187
10 Hellenistic and Roman Tendril Ornament 207
a Two-Dimensional Palmette-Tendrils 214
b The Acanthus Tendril 220
Ch. 4 The Arabesque: Introduction 229
A Tendril Ornament in Byzantine Art 240
B Early Islamic Tendril Ornament 266
Annotations 307
Glossary of Terms and Concepts Used by Riegl 397

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Riegl, Alois
Editore: Princeton University Press (1992)
ISBN 10: 0691040877 ISBN 13: 9780691040875
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Descrizione libro Princeton University Press, 1992. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110691040877

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