Architecture

Coloured Head

Colour Considerations – Tradition, Legend, Myth and Magic

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All cultures on earth have particular perceptions of and about colour, which in its evolution has come to symbolize many things collectively and individually

Sculpture & Balustrade

Labassa – Melbourne Gold Boom Mansion, Rescue & Restoration

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The National Trust of Victoria is painstakingly restoring Labassa at Caulfield to the format established when it became one of Melbourne’s most stylish houses

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Le Corbusier – Charles-Edouard Jeanneret’s Modernist Style

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Early in the twentieth century Swiss born Charles-Edouard Jeanneret adopted his grandfather’s name Le Corbusier presenting a new audacious style of architecture

Diana - The Hunt

Diane de Poitiers – Moon Mistress and Woman of Influence

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Wearing black and white was a statement of style for the mistress of Henri II of France Diane de Poitiers who adopted Goddess Diana’s crescent moon as a symbol

The Arming and Departure of the Knights. Number 2 of the Holy Grail tapestries woven by Morris & Co. 1891-94 for Stanmore Hall - detail

William Morris, The Arts & Craft Movement – Art That Is Life

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William Morris (1834-1896) became spiritual leader of a revival in arts and crafts, which encompassed all the visual arts, including architecture and interiors

Villa Capra, 'La Rotunda' by Venetian Architect Andrea Palladio in the Veneto, Italy

Andrea Palladio Architect – In Pursuit of the Perfect House

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Despite evolving societies and technology a villa remains a place where one can dwell “under the tent of heaven”. Is Andrea Palladio’s villa the perfect house?

Tower of Pisa

Towers – Symbols of Hope and Freedom

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Prior to the twentieth century towers were built as symbols to the heights of material wealth and prosperity the western world had yet achieved.

Jeanne-and-Abel-Poisson-(Mme-Pompadour)

Jeanne Antoinette Marquise de Pompadour – Woman of Influence

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French painter François Boucher produced many of the images we have of Jeanne Antoinette, Marquise de Pompadour, official Mistress of King Louis XV of France

Rousham Kentian Garden

William Kent and the English idyll – The Quest for Nature

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William Kent English architect, interior designer, painter & landscape architect ‘leaped the fence’ & saw all nature was a garden’ & designed the perfect house

Enlightenment – On Beauty and Thought Provoking Works

Enlightenment – On Beauty and Thought Provoking Works

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In 18th century Europe aesthetics was a field of study . Beautiful works were seen as thought provoking, but clearly distinguished from those considered sublime

City of Bath In The Age of Pleasure – Baths, Balls and Beau

City of Bath In The Age of Pleasure – Baths, Balls and Beau

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King Henry VIII came to Bath and discovered the therapeutic value of the waters in 15th century. When ‘Beau’ Nash arrived in 1702 it became a centre for fashion

Detail Josephine

Empress Josephine at Château Malmaison – Woman of Influence

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An impressive woman, Josephine (as Napoleon decided she should be known), aided his route to power and had a profound influence on the future of horticulture

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Adam in Georgian London – Investing in the Future of Style

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18th century Scottish architect Robert Adam perfected his knowledge of architecture on his Grand Tour by examining and drawing outstanding monuments from antiquity in Italy

A Symphony of Stained Glass – Flight of the Egret

A Symphony of Stained Glass – Flight of the Egret

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There are some in our society who are blessed with great creative gifts. Imagination is surely one, however it is one thing to have the ability to form images and ideas in the mind, especially of things never seen or never experienced directly, but quite another to connect those to the totality of real things in the world in order to convey knowledge or influence our perception of them.