the emergence of the classical
Classical Architecture with its related arts of Sculpture and Painting comes to its first maturity in the World of Fifth Century B.C. Athens.
This course focuses on introducing students to the material and cultural evidence for the emergence of the Classical in Architecture, that artistic/cultural lineage which, building on its Athenian achievement, culminates in the great works of Ancient Greece and Rome.
The foundations of the Athenian achievement, however, can be found in much earlier eras. This course charts and explores these roots. We shall follow this trajectory from its earliest beginnings and through the Bronze Ages: from the Egypt of the Old Kingdom to Minoan Crete, Mycenaean Greece and Hittite Anatolia. We then face the mystery of Troy and the great divide of the subsequent long Dark Age, arriving in good time to the recovery, and subsequent flourishing of this artistic/cultural legacy of the close-to-lost High Civilization of the Bronze Age in the Archaic and Classical Periods of Ancient Greece.
The following videos were recorded during the Grand Central Atelier Spring 2016 course, and includes an additional four lectures.