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February 4, 2009
Stephen Kite Adrian Stokes: An Architectonic Eye Oxford: Legenda, 2007. 235 pp. Cloth $89.50 (9781905981892)

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London-born in 1902, Adrian Stokes spent some years during the 1920s in Italy looking at early Renaissance art and, soon enough, writing about it. Like many aesthetes, he found himself by moving south. After some unfocused essays and books, which he did not republish, he then created two masterpieces: Quattro Cento (1932), a study of fifteenth-century sculpture, and Stones of Rimini (1934), a very elaborate analysis of the Tempio Malatestiana in Rimini. His early life...