The texts deal with the history of architecture and art in relation to the contemporary realm of religious, philosophical, and scientific ideas. At the same time, the works herein discussed are not only treated as products of the skills and talents of individual artist-creators but also as an expression of the needs of the society of recipients and in particular of the needs and culture of those who commissioned them; hence, the book’s main title.

 

(From the preface)

 

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