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The unease of motion
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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in this book. The book explores how across the seventeenth century, theorists, designers, and patrons rethought motion from the external threat of movement to the inherent quality of mobility. By examining the seventeenth-century turn to mobility, the book sets in its cultural context a strand of historical analysis stretching back to the nineteenth century Heinrich Wolfflin. It brings together the art, architectural, and cultural historical strands of analysis by examining why seventeenth-century viewers expected to be put in motion and what the effects were of that motion. The book pairs Robin Evans's and Dell Upton's studies of how movement through the built environment can shape human physical and mental response with Michael Baxandall's, Jonathan Crary's, and Georges Didi-Huberman's exploration of historical mentalities.

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