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By N. Y.) Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York

This quantity takes us on a travel of The Metropolitan Museum of Art's American Wing, which homes a set of yank work, ornamental arts, richly provided interval rooms, and architectural monitors. the great survey starts off with colonial portraiture after which lines the emergence and improvement of a countrywide tremendous arts culture. There are masterpieces of portray, sculpture, and drawing in addition to beautiful examples of yankee furnishings, silver, glass, ceramics and textiles. Architectural displays contain the fabulous marble facade of the department financial institution of the us and the lounge of a Frank Lloyd Wright Prairie-style condo.

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It led directly to what became known as the Arts and Crafts movement in Britain, led by William Morris, which called for a revival of craftsmanship, something it saw as closely connected to the principles of honesty and directness that Ruskin believed gave buildings integrity. Ruskin’s notion that there is such a thing as a building itself being moral or inherently honest was picked up by EugèneEmmanuel Viollet-le-Duc, a French theorist who carried it still 30 Meaning, Culture, and Symbol further and argued that architecture had an obligation to be rational.

The architect and critic Russell Sturgis wrote that the typical public building was designed to be ‘‘a box with a pretty inside, put into another box with a pretty outside,’’ and never mind any rational connection between the two. Still, Ruskin’s writing had considerable influence. It led directly to what became known as the Arts and Crafts movement in Britain, led by William Morris, which called for a revival of craftsmanship, something it saw as closely connected to the principles of honesty and directness that Ruskin believed gave buildings integrity.

So how, then, does one design a bank today? The ‘‘icon,’’ or symbol on the computer screen, that Microsoft Money uses to denote that its online banking system is working is a line moving back and forth between a miniature house and a miniature classical temple—data being transferred from home to bank, or vice versa. No one looking at such a screen could doubt what those icons represent, and they stand as confirmation that the symbolic power of the classical bank remains a part of collective memory, and hence still has practical application, even in an age in which the traditional function of the bank has changed altogether.

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