Sir Nikolaus Pevsner


Also found in: Dictionary.

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.
..... Click the link for more information.
, 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).
References in periodicals archive ?
The architectural historian Sir Nikolaus Pevsner regarded Newcastle as one of the best five places in the country for surviving medieval walls.
But, with the drive and persistence of such men as Sir Nikolaus Pevsner, John Betjeman and Hugh Casson tells him stories of adventure, and Noah shares his own recent memories.
With its castellated tower, turrets, carved Gothic conservatory and Gothic windows, it is no wonder it had Sir Nikolaus Pevsner, the famous guide writer and arbiter of English architecture, in raptures.
Apparently, celebrated architectural historian Sir Nikolaus Pevsner rated the ceilings in Holme Lacy House public rooms as the best he found outside Royal palaces.
Half a century ago, Sir Nikolaus Pevsner described it as a 'facade without any borrowed motifs of the past, as original as any Art Nouveau on the Continent'.
Claims by the late Sir Nikolaus Pevsner (1902-83--in his An (Outline of European Architecture) that Villard was an architect and that his mixed bag of drawings was a 'textbook' 'invaluable as a source of information on the methods and altitude of the 13th century' are absurd: to anybody who actually knows how medieval buildings were constructed, suggestions that Villard's portfolio is a sort, of encyclopaedia of architectural knowledge revealing secrets of stereotomical practices of the Gothic period are quite untenable, for the drawings would be virtually useless to anyone engaged in making a Gothic cathedral.
Writer Sir Nikolaus Pevsner said of Herefordshire: "Wherever one goes, there will not be a mile that is visually unrewarding.
Towards the end of his life Sir Nikolaus Pevsner was revered as something approaching a demigod when it came to England's architectural heritage.
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.
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).