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Pühakoda kui tempel ja korrastatud struktuur. A. W. Hupel arhitektuurihindajana
Place of Worship as a Temple and Regulated Structure. A. W. Hupel as an architectural appraiser

Author(s): Krista Kodres
Subject(s): Fine Arts / Performing Arts
Published by: Eesti Kunstiteadlaste Ühing
Keywords: 'architectural theology'; L.C. Sturm's ideal church; aesthetic notions of the Enlightenment; 'im guten Geschmack'

Summary/Abstract: This article analyses the architectural ideals of the pastor August Wilhlem Hupel (1737-1819), a prominent representative of Livonian enlightenment, in their connections with historical-theological and aesthetic notions of architecture. Hupel did not emphasise Martin Luther's idea of the church as a space regulated according to social status; instead he preferred the requirements of architectural order and clarity that rely on the normative aesthetics of classicism and embody 'gute Geschmack'. The temple façade of Vaivara church, built in 1775-77 (destroyed in 1944), exactly corresponds to both the theological symbolism as well as the architectural ideal of the era, being the first of its kind in Estonia.

  • Issue Year: 17/2008
  • Issue No: 01+02
  • Page Range: 39-51
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Estonian