Neo-Classicism (Penguin Style and Civilization)
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Neo-Classicism (Penguin Style and Civilization)

3.52 of 5 stars 3.52  ·  rating details  ·  23 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 21st 1991 by Penguin Books Ltd (first published 1968)
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This book is an explanation, with illustrations, of the cool, simple, linear, rational, geometric, secular, civic moralizing art we call Neo-Classicism (which its contemporaries called the “true” art, reflecting their idealism), and its subsequent downfall with the Revolution, Napoleon and romanticist reaction. Honour writes well and weaves the various talents (architecture, design, painting, sculpture, writing) together seamlessly. I didn’t appreciate many of the black and white reproductions —...more
Mary Rose
The scholarship in this book is superb, it's well organized and there are enough primary sources to really support what Honour is talking about, but it just can't makeup for the fact that I hate Neo-Classicism. If it's your thing, I recommend checking it out, but I'm way too much of a Romantic for this.
I do not care for Neo-Classicism so it was difficult to read about it. It was required for an art history class.
Jun 12, 2013 AC rated it 5 of 5 stars
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An excellent book/treatment of a rather unexciting topic (Neoclassical aesthetics... Winckelmann... ughh).
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