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Metropolis by Albert Lorenz


by Albert Lorenz

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I really, really liked this book. It's a large hardcover with huge, full-page illustrations—like Animalia, if you remember that. I think they're perfect, because you can get as much information out of them as you want; you can just read the text and glance over the pictures (which is what I did this afternoon), or you can spend a long time looking at all the details.

The book goes through ten cities in ten different centuries, and there are several different kinds of illustrations: a sort of 3-D shot of the section of the globe that contains the city, a page with pictures of individual people or objects / a corresponding page with diagrams, and then full-page scenes of a scene in the city. On those big single-scene pages, around the borders, there are small rectangles with bits of information about what was going on in the rest of the world at the time, and I just love that context. ( )
  mirikayla | Feb 8, 2016 |
This book tells a history of the primarily European and Asian world for the past thousand years. New York City is the last city covered, and a city in Africa is mentioned (though only through the context of European exploration), and occationally New World events are mentioned, but this really is a Eurasian history. The history is told through pictures of cities with important landmarks and general facts focused on. Each city's story is told with historical and cultural facts. A few pictures are drawn not drawn with historical accuracy, so be on the lookout. ( )
  t1bclasslibrary | Feb 11, 2007 |
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In tracing the evolution of the metropolis, architectural illustrator Albert Lorenz dazzles readers with his extraordinary visual depictions of some of the greatest defining moments in human history. Ranging from the pinnacles of human achievement in art, technology, and architecture to wars and plagues, we see how these forces have shaped our urban centers. Nineteenth-century London, for example, depicts the Industrial Revolution-age city, while 16th-century Florence is a center of refinement and enlightenment. We are led, ultimately, to the emergence of the modern mega-metropolis, 20th-century New York. Lorenz employs such illustrative techniques as aerial perspectives and cut-away views into buildings in order to capture as many details as possible. Each of the 10 mini-chapters is a visual realm unto itself; a completely illustrated timeline unites them. One of the most memorable illustrations is Lorenz's imagining of the countless artists and craftsmen building the glorious Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. The full-color illustrations throughout effectively educate both kids and adults about art, culture, and architecture.

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In this history, each century is examined through the perspective of a city that helped define the age. Maps drawn from a bird's eye's point of view introduce each chapter, then follows a dramatic historical event which represents the spirit of the age under examination. Forming a two-page border around this main illustration is a selective international chronicle of the century's key historical, cultural, scientific and technological events.… (more)

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