Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 2018. First edition. Boards. Quarto, pp 2129, indexed, illustrated with 740 b/w photographs. New. Item #19359
The purpose of this five volume set is to rediscover an aspect of art and architectural history that has been overlooked by earlier scholars. The history, social iconography, and style of more than 400 commemorative columns are investigated, including interesting backstories, opinions and criticism of the artists and architects. They were central artistic and urban features of a great many cities, commemorating events and people, at one time, who were considered of major and lasting importance. The columns speak to the human condition and reveal the desire of ephemeral mortal beings for imperishable memory and a form of immortality.