This volume provides an overview of architectural drawings from the
Middle Ages to the 19th centuries portraying the cultural habits, tastes
and styles of each. The homes of the bourgeoisie in Vienna and London,
the Sun Kings palace, the private residences of Italys oldest families
all feature, as do places of worship that range from country churches to
city cathedrals, royal chapels, solitary bell towers and large
monumental complexes as well as the various transformations of St.
Peters Basilica, the heart of Christendom. Sharply executed strokes of
the pen evoke images of classic beauty as well as picturesque glimpses
of hidden corners of Venice, bridges reflected in the water and
buildings born of sheer fantasy. An awe-inspiring variety and richness
of ideas and technical expertise.