The SAGE Handbook of Architectural Theory documents and builds upon some of the most innovative developments in architectural theory over the last two decades. Bringing into dialogue a range of geographically, institutionally and historically competing positions, the book examines and explores parallel debates in related fields. The book is divided into eight sections. Creating openings for future lines of inquiry and establishing the basis for new directions for education, research and practice, the book organizes itself around specific case studies to provide a critical, interpretive and speculative enquiry into the relevant debates in architectural theory. A methodical, authoritative and comprehensive addition to the literature, the Handbook is suitable for academics, researchers and practitioners in architecture, urban geography, cultural studies, sociology and geography.
Chapter 9: Art in (and of) Architecture: Autonomy and Medium
Art in (and of) Architecture: Autonomy and Medium
The business manager of St. Peter's:
‘Well, young man, our boss, Pope Julius II, recommended you as being quite gifted. You know we are in difficulties in building the cupola; those architects don't know how to proceed. How many cupolas have you built?’
‘Cupolas? None, I am a painter and sculptor, Sir, but…’
‘What? A painter and a sculptor? Oh my dear fellow I am sorry, we want an expert cupola-builder’.
This conversation would have happened if Michelangelo were alive today; but he was wise enough to have lived in the sixteenth century. And so he built the cupola, without ever having studied architecture; because the confidence of Pope Julius II in an ...