© 2005

Michael Graves

Images of a Grand Tour

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Sir John Soane’s Grand Tour: Its Impact on His Architecture and His Collections

  3. Plates

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Pages 16-85
    3. Pages 86-163
    4. Pages 164-173
    5. Pages 174-177
    6. Pages 178-211
    7. Pages 212-227
    8. Pages 228-232
  4. The Necessity for Drawing

    1. Michael Graves
      Pages 235-245
  5. Graves’s Travels: Giants and Dwarfs

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 255-257

About this book


Michael Graves the extraordinary experience of two years at the American Academy in Rome in the early 1960 s transformed how I looked at the world around me. In that rich and marvelous city, I came to understand architecture as a continuum from antiquity to the present day, and thus as a language. I discovered new ways of seeing and analyzing both architecture and landscape. I also developed an urgent need to record what I saw and created hundreds of photographs and drawings. It has been a great joy to work with Brian Ambroziak on his ambitious project to publish many of them in this book, accompanied by his insightful commentary. I have always been fascinated by drawing. In fact, it was my ability to draw that led me to a career in architecture. Until I went to Rome, however, I had created dr- ings only in my studio, never in the street or landscape. While there, rather than searching for a single manner of drawing, I experimented with multiple methods that I thought might express the architecture. I made large, elaborate sepia and black ink washes of important baroque churches, 40 x 28 inches in size; quick notations in fine ink or crude pencil in a hand-sized notebook; and pencil sketches on a wonderful cream-colored clay-coated paper, with fluid lines that captured just the essence of a profile. No matter what media I chose, my drawings were always analytical.


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Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Michael Graves
  • Book Subtitle Images of a Grand Tour
  • Authors Brian M. Ambroziak
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Princeton Architectural Press 2005
  • Publisher Name Princeton Archit.Press
  • eBook Packages Architecture and Design Engineering (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-56898-529-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-56898-657-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages , 0
  • Number of Illustrations 210 b/w illustrations, 90 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Architects
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