Death and architecture : an introduction to funerary and commemorative buildings in the Western European tradition, with some consideration of their settings
- James Stevens Curl.
- New rev. ed.
- Stroud : Sutton, 2002.
- Physical description
- xxviii, 415 p. : ill., plans ; 25 cm.
- Curl, James Stevens, 1937-
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 378-400) and index.
- The importance of the architecture and artefacts of death in ancient cultures
- The buildings, cemeteries, gardens, and sculptures associated with death in the Graeco-Roman world
- The flowering of funerary art in the Middle Ages
- The Renaissance and Baroque periods of funerary architecture associated with churches, and their aftermath
- The burial crisis; overcrowded churchyards; the first fruits of reform; and the first modern cemeteries
- Mausolea and other buildings to celebrate death, from the Renaissance period to the twentieth century
- The development of cemeteries in Great Britain in the nineteenth century
- John Claudius Loudon and the Garden Cemetery Movement
- Other great nineteenth-century cemeteries in Europe, America, and Australia
- Problems of disposal : the development of cremation and of buildings associated with the burning of the dead
- War cemeteries and memorials
- Some grander buildings to celebrate individuals and national events
Funerary monuments - whether the pyramids of ancient Egypt, the chambered cairns of prehistoric Orkney or the Canadian War Memorial at Vimy Ridge - are among the most potent architectural monuments. Bearing witness to our uneasy acknowledgement of mortality and our desire to remember those who have died, tombs and monuments are often among the finest structures erected by man. The subjects of funerary architecture, of commemorative structures and of cemeteries have suffered a curious neglect at the hands of writers until fairly recently, and it is James Stevens Curl's work that is partly responsible for arousing a new interest in them. In a wide-ranging and stimulating survey, Professor Curl explores the extraordinary legacy of funerary monuments from ancient Egypt to modern town planners' schemes for twenty-storey tower-blocks for the storage of coffins and urns (not a bad idea when we consider how inappropriate are tower-blocks as dwellings for the living). As much a commentary on attitudes to death as a history of architecture, Death and Architecture reveals many hidden wonders and beauties throughout the world. A fascinating and unusual book, it will be treasured by all who agree with George Crabbe's line 'But monuments themselves memorials need'.
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- Publication date
- "Originally published in 1980 by Constable & Co. Ltd. Second edition with revisions, published in 1993 by B.T. Batsford Ltd."--T.p. verso.
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