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New book on The Architect’s House as a Museum

1 January 2018

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  • UNCONSTRAINED PASSIONS
    The Architect’s House as a Museum
    Jaynie Anderson
    ISBN: 978-0-9871320-5-5
    FORMAT: Hardback
    PUBLISHER: Lyon Housemuseum
    PAGES: 96
    ILLUSTRATIONS: Full Colour
    DIMENSIONS: 154 x 217 mm
    WEIGHT: 372 g
    PRICE: $39.95
    Lyon Housemuseum
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    Kew, VIC 3101, AustraliaT +61 3 9817 2300
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  • In this latest book in the Housemuseum’s series on art and architecture, Jaynie Anderson explores the distinctive nature of the architect’s house as a museum in Renaissance Italy and contemporary Australia.

    Unlike other buildings designed by architects, architects’ house museums are built without the constraining hand of patronage. Unlike other collectors, architects are able to shape the architectural form of their buildings for the display of their collections.

    In this extensively researched account of the evolution of the genre, Anderson takes the reader on an erudite journey through the house museums of Renaissance Italian architects including Leonardo da Vinci, Georgio Vasari, and Leone Leoni and looks at how the genre has been successfully transplanted and developed in modern Australia by architect collectors including the Seidlers in Sydney and the Lyons in Melbourne.

    This book is the first monograph to define the significance of the architect’s house as a museum in any culture.

    Professor Jaynie Anderson FAHA, OSI is one of Australia’s most eminent art historians. She is an alumna of the University of Melbourne where she is an Honorary Professorial Fellow in the School of Culture and Communication. Until 2014, Anderson was Herald Chair of Fine Arts at the University of Melbourne and from 2008 to 2012 she served as President of the International Committee for Art History. In 2015 she received a knighthood from the President of the Republic of Italy for her distinguished research on Venetian Renaissance art.

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