Alina Payne
Alina Payne is Paul E. Geier Director of Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, and Alexander P. Misheff Professor of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University.
Payne, Alina
Payne, Alina
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Description: From Ornament to Object: Genealogies of Architectural Modernism
In the late 19th century, a centuries-old preference for highly ornamented architecture gave way to a budding Modernism of clean lines and unadorned surfaces. At the same moment, everyday objects—cups, saucers, chairs, and tables—began to receive critical attention.

Alina Payne addresses this shift, arguing for a new understanding of the genealogy of architectural modernism: rather than the well-known story in which an absorption of technology and mass production created a radical aesthetic that broke decisively with the past, Payne argues for a more gradual shift, as the eloquence of architectural ornamentation was taken on by objects of daily use. As she demonstrates, the work of Adolf Loos and Le Corbusier should be seen as the culmination of a conversation about ornament dating as far back as the Renaissance. Payne looks beyond the usual suspects of philosophy and science to establish theoretical catalysts for the shift from ornament to object in the varied fields of anthropology and ethnology; art history and the museum; and archaeology and psychology.

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Print publication date July 2012 (out of print)
Print ISBN 9780300175332
EISBN 9780300260366
Illustrations 170
Print Status out of print