Rhetoric and Architecture after Renaissance Humanism (1600-1900)-Society of Architectural Historians 59th Annual Meeting

Date: April 26 – 29, 2006
Venue: Savanah, Georgia, USA

The importance of rhetoric as a model for architecture during the
Renaissance is well studied. Scholars have explained how Quattrocento
theorists in need of firm rules for architecture have borrowed
principles of this theory of human communication laid down in
antiquity. They have shown that Renaissance architects could even
follow methods developed in rhetoric in their creative process.
Rhetorical concepts such as inventio, dispositio, or decorum became
categories through which architects went about their work and by which
their creations could be discussed and judged.

This session will consider the relationship between rhetoric and
architecture after their Renaissance symbiosis and until rhetoric’s
decline during the Nineteenth century. Papers are invited which trace
the evolution of the rhetorical model in the art of building,
particularly when that discipline came in contact with other concepts
developed in the physical and human sciences during the Baroque
period, the Enlightenment, or the Industrial Age.

See full description of panel and format for proposal submissions — esp. for this panel — at:
Send proposals by
10 September 2005 to:

Jean-François Bédard

Visiting Scholar, Canadian Centre for Architecture

1920, rue Baile, Montréal (Québec), H3H 2S6, Canada

tel.: 514-939-7000; fax: 514-939-7020

Email: jb353@columbia.edu

See for submissions details, registration, and all further information: http://www.sah.org
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