Sir Nikolaus Pevsner


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Pevsner, Sir Nikolaus

(pĕvz`nər), 1902–83, English architectural historian, b. Germany. Influenced by Heinrich WölfflinWölfflin, Heinrich
, 1864–1945, Swiss art historian. Wölfflin's formal stylistic analysis of motifs and composition in art combined cultural history and psychological insight into the creative process to form a complete aesthetic system.
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, Pevsner contended in his many works that art must be considered within its historical and social context. For many years Pevsner was art editor of Penguin Books. He was knighted in 1969. His major works include An Outline of European Architecture (1942), Pioneers of Modern Design (2d ed. 1949), Mannerism to Romanticism (2 vol., 1968), A History of Building Types (1976), and The Buildings of England, a massive 46-volume series of studies of regional English architecture (1951–74).
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As Sir Nikolaus Pevsner put it: "the history of architecture is primarily a history of man shaping space.
Presented by Sunand Prasad, President of the Royal Institute of British Architects, the RIBA Sir Nikolaus Pevsner International Book Award for Architecture went to Fabrizio Nevola, for his book, Siena, Constructing the Renaissance City; the first book to focus on Siennese architectural and urban history during the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries.
Behind the great 16-column Corinthian portico of St George's Hall in Liverpool, which Sir Nikolaus Pevsner described as 'the freest neo-Grecian building in England and one of the finest in the world', are four empty plinths (Figs 3 and 4).
This mammoth project was started by Sir Nikolaus Pevsner after the war to catalogue all the buildings of England of any worth, county by county.
The roll call of emigres who were able to leave Germany, Austria and Hungary after the Nazis came to power reads like a Who's Who of large sections of modem Anglo-American life: Sir Ernst Gombrich, Sir Nikolaus Pevsner, Arthur Koestler, Lord Weidenfeld, Sir Karl Popper, Sir Alexander Korda, Walter Gropius, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Stefan Zweig, Schoenberg, Hindemith, Bartok, Milhaud, Max Ernst, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dali, Fritz Lang, Billy Wilder, Albert Einstein, Thomas Mann, Bertolt Brecht and many others.
VISITING Tyneside in the 1950s as part of his 46-volume Buildings of England series, architectural historian Sir Nikolaus Pevsner came up with two telling comments.
Although Betjeman, whose memory I revere, certainly did his best, if there was any one saviour of St Pancras it was his rival, Sir Nikolaus Pevsner, then chairman of the Victorian Society.
Manfredo Tafuri's magnum opus on Renaissance architecture Interpreting the Renaissance: Princes, Cities, Architects published by Yale University Press is the first winner of the Sir Nikolaus Pevsner International Book Award for Architecture.
The Barracks, on Main Street, is noted by Sir Nikolaus Pevsner in his authoritative guide to Northumberland entitled The Buildings of England.
This is an historic garden village inspired by John Nettlefold, first chairman of the city planning committee, with houses described by th illustrious historian Sir Nikolaus Pevsner as "as enterprising as any in England".
The late Sir Nikolaus Pevsner has received much stick, particularly from David Watkin in Morality and Architecture, because of his disapproval of traditional architects who declined to follow the orthodoxy of modernism after the 1920s.