275x320 256 страниц. 2012 год. Parkstone Press Have you ever wondered why your ceiling is shaped like the arches in a Gothic cathedral? Or why your office building looks so different from its neighbouring counterparts? The ABC of Style invites you to explore the many different architectural and decorative interior styles from their ancient origins to the beginning of the 20 century, 'lake a journey through history to see how the French aristocracy styled their palaces and castles to the simple designs of the Dominican monastic churches during the Middle Ages. Often, political changes implicate a stylistic transformation. Thus, the different European styles were frequently named after a sovereign or a historical period (Renaissance style, Medieval style). Until the end of the 19 century, the stylistic mutations of the lime were generally based on the tastes of royalty. Stylistic expression was, therefore, an affirmation of power.