Order: Myth, Meaning and Beauty (and sex) of Architecture at Sir John Soane's Museum

By Culture24 staff | 08 October 2009
a series of drawings of architectural features

Anonymous renaissance artist, a repertory of capitals, from the ‘North Italian Album’, ink on velum. Courtesy Sir John Soane's Museum.

Exhibition Preview - Order: Myth, Meaning and Beauty in Architecture, October 16 2009 – January 30 2010

The latest exhibition at the Sir John Soane’s Museum promises to shed new light on the built environment that surrounds us all, encouraging visitors to read the architecture they see every day and even reveal how you can sex a building.

Drawing on the Museum's eclectic and vast collections, the exhibition will use some rarely displayed items to explore the language of architecture and the importance of and development of the Orders from classical times to the present day.

a painting of a pillar

The Corinthian Order from the Chroragic Monument of Lysicrates, lecture drawing, Courtesy Sir John Soane's Museum

Using a selection of the Museum’s 30,000 drawings the exhibition will explore what the Orders of architecture are, where they originated, why ancient architects built using the Classical Orders and why they are still used by architects today.

Order will look at how architects turned to the human body and the natural world acted as inspiration for architectural forms and explore how and why ancient architects set out clear rules that allowed them to communicate a variety of political and religious messages.

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