COLUMN MONUMENTS: Commemorative and Memorial Column Monuments, From Ancient Times to the 21st Century: A History and Guide (FIVE VOLUME SET)

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This 5 Volume set of book’s purpose is to rediscover an aspect of art and architectural history that has been by-passed by earlier scholars. The five-volume set includes 740 black and white photos.


"… the history, social context, iconography, and style of more than 400 commemorative columns are investigated. The arrangement is roughly chronological to allow for the observation of trends and influences across time. Opinions of critics of the artists and architects who designed and built the columns are also included. Many of the columns have interesting back-stories; some are sincere profession of faith; others are follies of eccentric patrons. Yet all of columns speak to the human condition and reveal the desire of ephemeral mortal beings for the imperishable memory that transcends time and is thus a form of immortality."

“They were central artistic and urban features of a great many cities, commemorated events and people that – at one time – were considered of major and lasting importance. And many of them of them were by architects and artists of renown.”

Table of Contents

Volume I

Foreword by Daniel D. Reiff

Foreword by Janina K. Darling


1. Merenptah Column, Heliopolis, 1206 BCE

2. Naxian Sphinx Column, Delphi, 570-60 BCE

3. Serpent Column, Delphi, 479-78 BCE

4. Nike of Paionias, Olympia c. 420 BCE

5. Acanthus Column, Delphi, 335-25 BCE

6. Ptolemaic Statue Columns, Olympia, c. 270 BCE

7. Early Honorific Columns in Rome, c. 439-36 BCE

8. Early Roman, and Antecedents; Pompeii, to 32 CE

9. Jupiter Column, Mainz, 54-68

10.Trajan's Column, Rome, c. 113

11. Column of Antoninus Pius, Rome, 161

12. Column of Marcus Aurelius c. 193

13. Last Columns in the Roman Forum, 303-608

14. "Pompey's Pillar," Alexandria, 298-302

15. Columns of Constantinople, 330-c. 540

16. Interlude: Columns in Art, 4th - 15th Centuries

17. Hildesheim Column, 1020

18. Piazetta Columns, Venice, 1126 and 1172

19. Donatello's Dovizia, Florence, c. 1430

20. "Colonna della Guistizia," Florence, 1570-81

21. Catherine de Medici Column, Paris, 1582

22. Mary Columns, Rome and Munich, 1613 and 1638

23. Sigismund's Column, Warsaw, 1644

24. "The Monument," London, 1671-77

25. Karlskirche, Vienna, 1715-38

Volume II

26. Victory Column, Blenheim, 1727-31

27. Rostal Columns: 18th-Early 19th Century, c. 1720-1829

28. Columns in France: Henri II to the Revolution, 1549-1794

29. Columns of Claude Nicolas Ledoux, 1774-1806

30. Columns of the Napoleonic Era, c. 1792-1840

31. Grande Armee Column, Boulogne, 1804-1843

32. Place Vendome Column, Paris, 1806-1812

33. Columns in the Garden: 18th Century Britain, c. 1630/1728-81

34. Memorials of British Heroes of the French Wars, 1782-1819

35. Nelson's Column, Trafalgar Square, London, 1838-1867

36. Some Columns for Wellington, London, 1817-1867

37. Hill and York Columns, St. Petersburg, 1829-1834

38. Alexander Column, St. Petersburg, 1829-1834

39. 19th Century Columns in the British Isles, 1814-1861

40. Early Columns in North America I, 1790-1828

41. Early Columns in North America II, 1848-1863

Volume III

42. Germanic Columns of the 19th Century, 1821-1873

43. Plague Columns I - Mary Columns, 1646-1857

44. Plague Columns II - Trinity Columns, 1680s-1750s

45. Various 19th Century Columns, 1848-1897

46. Civil War Monuments I - Introduction, and the Basic Model, 1866-1911

47. Civil War Monuments II - Origins of the Elaborated Type, 1870-1878

47. Civil War Monuments III - The Elaborated Type, 1874-1909

48. Civil War Monuments IV - The Colossal or Grandiose Type, 1886-1907

Volume IV

50. Columns in the Decades after the Civil War, 1868-1915

51. Elaborated Columns: Europe and Canada, 1881-1911

52. Columns in Honor of Christopher Columbus, 1881-1893

53. Columns and Pillars Commemorating the Great War, 1922-1937

54. 20th and 21st Century Columns, 1918-2013

Volume V




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