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New Book | The Vitruvian Tradition in Enlightenment Poland

10 May 2015

Enfilade

Forthcoming from Penn State UP:

Ignacy Potocki, Remarks on Architecture: The Vitruvian Tradition in Enlightenment Poland, edited and translated by Carolyn C. Guile (University Park: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2015), 176 pages, ISBN: 978-0271066288, $75.

9780271066288_p0_v1_s600At the end of the eighteenth century, the authors of Poland’s 3 May 1791 Constitution became the heirs to a defunct state whose territory had been partitioned by Russia, Prussia, and Austria. At this moment of intensive national postmortem, Ignacy Potocki, an eminent statesman and co-author of the Constitution, composed an architectural treatise. One of the best-preserved examples of early modern Polish architectural thought, published and translated here for the first time, the Remarks on Architecture announces itself as a project of national introspection, with architecture playing a direct role in the betterment of the nation. In it, Potocki addresses his remarks to the contemporary Polish nobility and conveys the lessons of…

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