SAHARA Highlights: Icons

by Jacqueline Spafford and Jeffrey Klee, SAHARA Co-Editors | May 12, 2017

In previous highlights from SAHARA, we’ve emphasized the breadth and depth of the collection to illustrate the diversity of interests of our contributors and to demonstrate the broad utility of its images to scholars around the world. This month, we’ve gone back to the canonical well to show what fine images are available for those teaching survey or introduction to architecture. This month’s selections include some very familiar sites. For some buildings, such as Fallingwater and the Maison Carrée, for example, there are abundant images, including interiors, landscape views, and many key details.

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Djoser’s Pyramid Complex, Giza, Egypt, 2667-2648 BCE. Raghad Mofeed, photographer, 2012.

Detail of capital and entablature at corner, Maison Carrée, Nîmes, France, 4 CE. Richard Guy Wilson, photographer.

Agora, Palmyra, Syria, early 2nd century CE. Lisa D. Schrenk, photographer, 2010.

Avenue of the Dead, Teotihuacán, Mexico, c. 200 CE. William Kessler, photographer, 1967.

Detail of Last Judgement Tympanum, Abbey Church of Ste. Foy, Conques, France, c. 1051-1120. Lisa D. Schrenk, photographer, 2009.

Andrea Palladio, Villa Rotunda, Vicenza, Italy, 1567-1570. Swati Chattopadhyay and Jeremy White, photographers, 2007.

Nicholas Hawksmoor and John Vanbrugh, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom, 1705-1725. Richard Guy Wilson, photographer.

Walter Gropius and Adolf Meyer, Fagus Factory, Alfeld, Germany, 1911-1914 and 1925. Fraser J. Muirhead, photographer, 2007.

Frank O. Gehry, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, California, United States, 1999-2003. Jeffrey E. Klee, photographer, 2009.

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