Marder, Tod A. and Mark Wilson Jones, ed. The Pantheon: From Antiquity to the Present. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.
I think it would be near impossible to pick a favorite building, but the Pantheon is a definite contender! I was thus excited that this book arrived today. I noticed last week that it was “in process” according to the Recent Arrivals of the library’s website. The work consists of a collection of twelve essays plus the introduction. The first half focuses on the ancient Roman Pantheon. The essays included cover issues of dating and construction as well as a discussion on Agrippa’s earlier building. The later half considers the Pantheon in various historical contexts. I look forward to reading the new research regarding dating and construction as well as the chapter on the Middle Ages.
MacGibbon, David. The Architecture of Provence and the Riviera. Edinburgh: D. Douglas, 1888.
Scottish Victorian architect David MacGibbon moved to the French Riviera in 1874 after a tragic accident left his daughter Rachel permanently disabled. In this restorative climate, MacGibbon discovered the rich architectural heritage of Provence and its environs, documenting these spaces in a number of sketches that would later form the core of The Architecture of Provence and the Riviera. Published 14 years after this initial excursion, The Architecture of Provence and the Riveria examines ancient and medieval architecture in southern France, an heretofore underrepresented region in the annals of cultural history. Here, MacGibbon chronicles the early history of the region and explores its late-antique and medieval social and political infrastructure before focusing the remainder of his work on its art and architecture. In these sections, MacGibbon combines chronological, stylistic and geographic categories to organize his work, including a number of explanatory sketches to better demonstrate the spaces and works of art about which he has concerned himself.
Library of Congress call number: NA 1049 P8 M3