Semiotics 1980 pp 307-317 | Cite as

Architecture as Representation of Nature

  • Tomàs Llorens


Classical architecture included ornaments that were representations of natural forms. However, it also included ornaments whose derivation from nature was, to say the least, disputable. Furthermore, this difference did not play a significant role in the articulation of the doctrine of classical architecture, as it might if it had been taken, for example, as a criterion for a distinction between the orders. Leaving aside a few isolated examples, like Vitruvius’s mythical account of the origin of the Corinthian capital, the mimetic quality of architectural ornament was, as a rule, not discussed systematically in classical treatises.


Eighteenth Century Cultural Object Instrumental Reason Material Artifact Classical Author 
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    J. M. Ransdell, On the paradigm of experience appropriate for semiotic, in: this volume.Google Scholar
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    T. Llorens, Mies van der Rohe and the tradition of the picturesque, forthcoming.Google Scholar

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© Plenum Press, New York 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Tomàs Llorens
    • 1
  1. 1.Portsmouth Polytechnic School of ArchitecturePortsmouthEngland

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