The Construction of Gothic Cathedrals

The Construction of Gothic Cathedrals
Author: John Fitchen
Publsiher: University of Chicago Press
Total Pages: 371
Release: 1981
Genre: Architecture
ISBN: 9780226252032

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Explains the complicated procedures medieval builders used to construct cathedrals, including vaulting, formwork, and rib vaulting

Gothic Cathedrals

Gothic Cathedrals
Author: Karen Ralls
Publsiher: Nicolas-Hays, Inc.
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2015-04-15
Genre: History
ISBN: 9780892546275

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Cross the threshold into the world of the High Middle Ages and explore the illuminating wisdom, beauty and art of the Gothic cathedrals, stunning wonders of the medieval era for all to see today. From bejewelled stained glass windows to a pilgrimage “on the road” to Compostela, the wonders of Gothic architecture continue to inspire many worldwide. From the 12th century, the Gothic architectural style continued to spread throughout Europe. Highly-regarded medievalist Dr. Karen Ralls explores the legacy of this exquisite architectural period, whose artistic beauty and expert craftsmanship have served for centuries to inspire feelings of spiritual reverence and aesthetic wonder. She details the relationship between architecture, geometry, and music; explores the concept of the labyrinth; pilgrimage; Black Madonnas; astronomical calculations in the design and location of cathedrals; stone and wood carvings; gargoyles; the teachings of Pythagoras and the later Neo-Platonists, and more. For the general reader and specialist alike, Dr. Ralls guides the reader through the history, places, art, and symbolism of these unique "books in stone", providing a lively portal and solid resource for all. Lavishly illustrated with color photographs, a recommended reading section, lists of the major European cathedral sites and a full Bibliography, Gothic Cathedrals is a fascinating showcase of the mystic and spiritual symbolism found in these great structures of Europe, information that will help modern readers visit these sites and share in the energy of the sacred they continue to radiate.

The Gothic Cathedral

The Gothic Cathedral
Author: Otto Georg Von Simson,Otto von Simson
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 362
Release: 1988-07-21
Genre: Architecture
ISBN: 9780691018676

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French cathedrals and Gothic architecture.

Gothic Architecture

Gothic Architecture
Author: Paul Frankl,Paul Crossley
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 420
Release: 2000-01-01
Genre: Architecture
ISBN: 0300087993

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This magisterial study of Gothic architecture traces the meaning and development of the Gothic style through medieval churches across Europe. Ranging geographically from Poland to Portugal and from Sicily to Scotland and chronologically from 1093 to 1530, the book analyzes changes from Romanesque to Gothic as well as the evolution within the Gothic style and places these changes in the context of the creative spirit of the Middle Ages. In its breadth of outlook, its command of detail, and its theoretical enterprise, Frankl's book has few equals in the ambitious Pelican History of Art series. It is single-minded in its pursuit of the general principles that informed all aspects of Gothic architecture and its culture. In this edition Paul Crossley has revised the original text to take into account the proliferation of recent literature--books, reviews, exhibition catalogues, and periodicals--that have emerged in a variety of languages. New illustrations have also been included.

The Gothic Cathedral

The Gothic Cathedral
Author: Otto Georg von Simson
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 275
Release: 1974
Genre: Architecture, Gothic
ISBN: 0691097410

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The description for this book, The Gothic Cathedral: Origins of Gothic Architecture and the Medieval Concept of Order, will be forthcoming.

Guidebook Selected French Gothic Cathedrals and Churches

Guidebook Selected French Gothic Cathedrals and Churches
Author: Richard Moore,Sawon Hong
Publsiher: AuthorHouse
Total Pages: 176
Release: 2016-10-10
Genre: Travel
ISBN: 9781524644321

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This substantive yet easy-to-use guide to selected French gothic churches and cathedrals provides profiles of fourteen important religious buildings. They are located in different parts of France, were constructed at different times and in different styles, and include both well-known and less well-known churches and cathedrals. They range from the tiny church of Saint Maclou in Rouenperhaps the best example of flamboyant designto the worlds most visited Gothic cathedral, Notre Dame in Paris. A second section of the book considers what a Gothic cathedral is as well as their medieval setting and the many architectural, artistic, and spiritual elements that comprise a Gothic cathedral. The guide is lavishly illustrated with photos and helpful images to help the readers derive the maximum benefit and pleasure from their Gothic church and cathedral visits.

Believing and Seeing

Believing and Seeing
Author: Roland Recht
Publsiher: University of Chicago Press
Total Pages: 389
Release: 2008-10-15
Genre: Art
ISBN: 9780226706061

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Developments in medieval science that elevated sight above the other senses found religious expression in the Christian emphasis on miracles, relics, and elaborate structures. In his incisive survey of Gothic art and architecture, Roland Recht argues that this preoccupation with vision as a key to religious knowledge profoundly affected a broad range of late medieval works. In addition to the great cathedrals of France, Recht explores key religious buildings throughout Europe to reveal how their grand designs supported this profusion of images that made visible the signs of scripture. Metalworkers, for example, fashioned intricate monstrances and reliquaries for the presentation of sacred articles, and technical advances in stained glass production allowed for more expressive renderings of holy objects. Sculptors, meanwhile, created increasingly naturalistic works and painters used multihued palettes to enhance their subjects’ lifelike qualities. Reimagining these works as a link between devotional practices in the late Middle Ages and contemporaneous theories that deemed vision the basis of empirical truth, Recht provides students and scholars with a new and powerful lens through which to view Gothic art and architecture.

Great Gothic Cathedrals of France

Great Gothic Cathedrals of France
Author: Stan Parry
Publsiher: Oro Editions
Total Pages: 200
Release: 2017-07-15
Genre: Architecture
ISBN: 193962178X

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Great Gothic Cathedrals of France guides readers on a tour of twelve French cathedrals that best exemplify one of the greatest glories of Western civilization. From the beautiful facade of Notre-Dame in Paris to the transcendent beauty of the stained glass at Chartres, this book clarifies the significant elements of their architecture by means of its text and images. The cathedrals of Amiens, Paris, Saint Denis, Chartres, Reims, Laon, Noyon, Soissons, Sens, Beauvais, Bourges and Troyes as well as Sainte-Chapelle are all presented to give the reader and visitor to France a clear understanding of these extraordinary buildings. This publication also provides the reader with a chapter on how to "read" a stained glass window.