Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach: Project of a Historical Architecture

Maarten Delbeke, Pier Paolo Tamburelli (Eds.)

Humboldt Books, 2024


The facsimile and English-language reprint of Entwurff einer historischen Architektur, published in 1721 by Austrian architect and historian Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach, a historical and theoretical work covering all architectural periods and styles, from Stonehenge to Chinese imperial arches, which had a considerable influence throughout Europe.
On 26 July 1721 the “Wiener Diarium” informed its readers that a new book by the general surveyor of constructions, Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach, titled “Entwurff einer historischen Architektur”, was ready for subscribers to collect from the architect’s place. The Entwurff is a collection of 86 sheets illustrating the architecture of the Jews, Egyptians, Syrians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Turks, Siamese, Chinese and Japanese, along with some of the author’s projects.
Upon the third centenary of the author’s death this re-print proposes to look back at Fischer’s book as a precise cultural project, reacting to a specific historical and geographical context, and yet suggesting a more general attitude that can challenge contemporary architecture as well. The volume is accompanied by a complete translation of the original texts and complemented with essays by Maarten Delbeke, Steven Lauritano and Pier Paolo Tamburelli.


ISBN: 9791280336200

296 pagina's, geïllustreerd, 17 x 26,5 cm, paperback, Engels