A collection of essays by one of the patriarchs of contemporary historiography, each completed by the author with a Postscript for this new edition.
[Distance points. Essays on architecture and art in the Occident] The essays gathered in this volume were published by James S. Ackerman, a patriarch of contemporary historiography, from 1949 to 1985. They are not presented here in chronological order, but in three different chapters, reflecting the complexity of the intertwining issues studied by Ackerman: discussion of historiographic and critical methods; relationships between art and science; interpretation of the great Renaissance workshops and the ways in which architects approach design and construction.
The essays have not been revised for this new edition, but Ackerman has added a Postscript to each, informing readers about their origins, the evolution of research conducted subsequently on the themes analyzed, and bibliographic updates of interest.