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Building the Picture


This online publication written and edited by Amanda Lillie coincided with the National Gallery exhibition 'Building the Picture: Architecture in Italian Renaissance Painting' (2014). Exploring the role of architecture in Italian painting, it offers a fresh interpretation of some of the most iconic pictures in the collection.


Why incorporate architecture?

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Constructing the Picture

Architecture and composition design 

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Entering the Picture

How buildings draw viewers in

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Place Making

Creating real and imagined places

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Architectural Time

Interpreting time in pictures

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Architects of the imagination

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More about the pictures

Explore the exhibition's exhibits

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Further reading

Read more about the subject

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Film series

Five contemporary perspectives

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Research collaboration

More about collaborative research

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The exhibition

30 April to 21 September 2014

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The authors

Meet the publication authors

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About the publication