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On becoming petrified: The erotic gaze in architectural conception

The Place of Silence : Architecture / Media / Philosophy

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2020

Book chapter

...A person turning to stone is usually bad, while a stone coming to life is desirable. But perhaps it is the confusion of the two realms that is really, and unavowedly, attractive.Barbara Johnson, Persons and Things (Cambridge, MA: Harvard...

The silence of Michelangelo’s hammer

The Place of Silence : Architecture / Media / Philosophy

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2020

Book chapter

...Do not infest your mind, with beating onThe strangeness of this business.Michelangelo began the mutilation of his Florence Pietà by fervently hammering the lower right section of Christ’s leg, which has been missing ever since. The entire...

Italy, 500–1000

John Mitchell

John Mitchell is Emeritus Professor of the History of Art at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture Volume 1

© the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the University of London, 2019

Sir Banister Fletcher chapter

...The invasion and occupation of large parts of Italy, first by the Lombards in 568 and two centuries later by the Carolingian Franks, would have critical impacts on patterns of power and governance, as well as on architectural developments...