Debut of The City Rehearsed
On 12 December, 2008, Routledge released Christopher Heuer’s latest contribution to the study of visual culture north of the Alps. ‘The City Rehearsed: Object, Architecture, and Print in the Worlds of Hans Vredeman de Vries’ will occupy a unique place in the historiography of art as the first monograph on the artist in English. The book presents thematic discussions of a remarkable figure, active between the urban centers of Netherlands and Bohemia, who built an urbane and learned identity by remaining fully engaged in the pressing theoretical inquiries of his day. Faithful to Vredeman de Vries’s outstanding qualities, chapter titles of ‘The City Rehearsed’—‘Unbuilt Architecture in the World of Things’, ‘Guidebooks to Chaos’—reflect such issues at every turn. Heuer’s nimble and compelling lecturing style consistently translates to prose of equal finesse, and if ‘The City Rehearsed’ continues in this vein, expect a resurgence of interest in Vredeman de Vries among any acquaintance you’d categorize as an Anglophone Art Historian of the Early Modern Period in Northern and Central Europe.
Link to Routledge Page for The City Rehearsed
Heuer, Christopher. The City Rehearsed: Object, Architecture, and Print in the Worlds of Hans Vredeman de Vries. London: Routledge Architecture, 2008. ISBN: 978-0-415-43306-8.