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Arts of the Medieval Cathedrals

Arts of the Medieval Cathedrals

Studies on Architecture, Stained Glass and Sculpture in Honor of Anne Prache

  • Author: Kathleen Nolan,Dany Sandron
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1351956892
  • Category: Art
  • Page: 314
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The touchstones of Gothic monumental art in France - the abbey church of Saint-Denis and the cathedrals of Chartres, Reims, and Bourges - form the core of this collection dedicated to the memory of Anne Prache. The essays reflect the impact of Prache’s career, both as a scholar of wide-ranging interests and as a builder of bridges between the French and American academic communities. Thus the authors include scholars in France and the United States, both academics and museum professionals, while the thematic matrix of the book, divided into architecture, stained glass, and sculpture, reflects the multiple media explored by Prache during her long career. The essays employ a varied range of methodologies to explore Gothic monuments. The chapters in the architectural section include an intensive archeological analysis of the foundations of Reims Cathedral, the close reading of a late medieval literary text for a symbolic understanding of Paris, and essays that explore the medieval use of practical geometry in designing entire buildings and their components. Saint-Denis, Reims, and Chartres, all monuments studied by Prache, are discussed in the next part, on stained glass. These chapters demonstrate how old problems can be clarified by new evidence, whether from the accessibility of previously unknown archival information, for Reims, or through revelations that arise from restoration, at Chartres. These essays also include a study showing the complexity of making attributions for the storied glass of Saint-Denis. The final set of essays likewise takes different approaches to sculpture, whether constructing links to the liturgy at Reims, or discussing the meaning of a sculptural ensemble studied by Prache early in her career, the cloister of Notre-Dame-en-Vaux in Châlons-en-Champagne, or scrupulously examining the façade sculpture at Bourges Cathedral for insights into the design process. As a whole, the volume provides a window onto key directions in the study of

Believing and Seeing

Believing and Seeing

The Art of Gothic Cathedrals

  • Author: Roland Recht
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • ISBN: 0226706060
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 376
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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.

Gothic Cathedrals

Gothic Cathedrals

A Guide to the History, Places, Art, and Symbolism

  • Author: Karen Ralls
  • Publisher: Nicolas-Hays, Inc.
  • ISBN: 0892546271
  • Category: History
  • Page: 288
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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.

Artistic Integration in Gothic Buildings

Artistic Integration in Gothic Buildings

  • Author: Virginia Chieffo Raguin,Kathryn Brush,Peter Draper
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press
  • ISBN: 9780802074775
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 348
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In this collaborative work seventeen international scholars use contemporary methodologies to address the ways in which we understand Gothic church buildings today. Artistic Integration in Gothic Buildings discusses major monuments that have traditionally stood at the core of medieval art-historical studies: the cathedrals of Durham, Wells, Chartres, Reims, Poitiers, Strasbourg, and Naumburg, the abbey of Saint-Denis, and the Sainte-Chapelle of Paris. The contributors approach the subject from different specialties and methodologies within the field of art history, as well as from the disciplines of history, liturgical studies, and theology. Willibald Sauerl)nder's overview acknowledges that since the early nineteenth century scholars have been confronted with monuments that no longer perform their original functions. The moment of the creation of these great cages of stone, filled with images in metal, paint, glass, stone, and textiles, has passed as surely as Villon's `snows of yesteryear.' Artistic intentions shifted continuously over the centuries as these great buildings were adapted to new situations, historical, cultural, and religious. Once the settings for complex and diversified rituals of religious, social, and political dimensions, the buildings today stand in a completely different time frame and are experienced by a different audience. This volume addresses the hermeneutics of the development of scholarship concerning the Gothic church, reviewing the variable, but largely exclusive, agendas from the early nineteenth century to the present, including those of Viollet-le-Duc, Lef¦vre-Pontalis, M+le, Sedlmayr, Von Simson, Panofsky, Grodecki, and Bony. The conclusion is that there is no way to return to the original Gothic cathedral or the original audience. Artistic Integration in Gothic Buildings reassesses the traditional canon through a new pluralism of approaches and presents the Gothic church as an intricate and complex living monument that has been evolving over eight centuries and more.

The Construction of Gothic Cathedrals

The Construction of Gothic Cathedrals

A Study of Medieval Vault Erection

  • Author: John Fitchen
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • ISBN: 9780226252032
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 344
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Explains the complicated procedures medieval builders used to construct cathedrals, including vaulting, formwork, and rib vaulting

Gothic Art

Gothic Art

  • Author: Victoria Charles,Klaus Carl
  • Publisher: Parkstone International
  • ISBN: 1783103248
  • Category: Art
  • Page: 287
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Gothic art finds its roots in the powerful architecture of the cathedrals of northern France. It is a medieval art movement that evolved throughout Europe over more than 200 years. Leaving curved Roman forms behind, the architects started using flying buttresses and pointed arches to open up cathedrals to daylight. A period of great economic and social change, the Gothic era also saw the development of a new iconography celebrating the Holy Mary – in drastic contrast to the fearful themes of dark Roman times. Full of rich changes in all of the various art forms (architecture, sculpture, painting, etc.), Gothic art paved the way for the Italian Renaissance and International Gothic movement.

Medieval Cathedrals

Medieval Cathedrals

  • Author: William W. Clark
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
  • ISBN: 9780313326936
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 272
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Presents an introduction to the medieval cathedral, explaining what makes a large church a cathedral, as well as an overview of its social history, including a discussion of its patrons, builders, artists, planning, and construction.

Religious Art in France of the Thirteenth Century

Religious Art in France of the Thirteenth Century

  • Author: Emile Mâle
  • Publisher: Courier Corporation
  • ISBN: 0486410617
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 414
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Classic by noted art historian focuses on French cathedrals of the 13th century as apotheosis of medieval style. Iconography, bestiaries, illustrated calendars, gospels, secular history, many other aspects. 190 black-and-white illustrations.

Universe of Stone

Universe of Stone

Chartres Cathedral and the Invention of the Gothic

  • Author: Philip Ball
  • Publisher: Harper Collins
  • ISBN: 0061970077
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 336
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Chartres Cathedral, south of Paris, is revered as one of the most beautiful and profound works of art in the Western canon. But what did it mean to those who constructed it in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries—and why was it built at such immense height and with such glorious play of light, in the soaring manner we now call Gothic? In this eminently fascinating work, author Philip Ball makes sense of the visual and emotional power of Chartres and brilliantly explores how its construction—and the creation of other Gothic cathedrals—represented a profound and dramatic shift in the way medieval thinkers perceived their relationship with their world. Beautifully illustrated and written, filled with astonishing insight, Universe of Stone embeds the magnificent cathedral in the culture of the twelfth century—its schools of philosophy and science, its trades and technologies, its politics and religious debates—enabling us to view this ancient architectural marvel with fresh eyes.

The Age of the Cathedrals

The Age of the Cathedrals

Art and Society, 980-1420

  • Author: Georges Duby
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • ISBN: 9780226167701
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 312
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Demonstrates how the style and design of medieval architecture reflects the changing political, social, and religious character of the Middle Ages

The cathedrals' crusade

The cathedrals' crusade

the rise of the gothic style in France

  • Author: Ian Dunlop
  • Publisher: Taplinger Pub Co
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 235
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The Gothic Enterprise

The Gothic Enterprise

A Guide to Understanding the Medieval Cathedral

  • Author: Robert A. Scott
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 0520949560
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 320
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The great Gothic cathedrals of Europe are among the most astonishing achievements of Western culture. Evoking feelings of awe and humility, they make us want to understand what inspired the people who had the audacity to build them. This engrossing book surveys an era that has fired the historical imagination for centuries. In it Robert A. Scott explores why medieval people built Gothic cathedrals, how they built them, what conception of the divine lay behind their creation, and how religious and secular leaders used cathedrals for social and political purposes. As a traveler’s companion or a rich source of knowledge for the armchair enthusiast, The Gothic Enterprise helps us understand how ordinary people managed such tremendous feats of physical and creative energy at a time when technology was rudimentary, famine and disease were rampant, the climate was often harsh, and communal life was unstable and incessantly violent. While most books about Gothic cathedrals focus on a particular building or on the cathedrals of a specific region, The Gothic Enterprise considers the idea of the cathedral as a humanly created space. Scott discusses why an impoverished people would commit so many social and personal resources to building something so physically stupendous and what this says about their ideas of the sacred, especially the vital role they ascribed to the divine as a protector against the dangers of everyday life. Scott’s narrative offers a wealth of fascinating details concerning daily life during medieval times. The author describes the difficulties master-builders faced in scheduling construction that wouldn’t be completed during their own lifetimes, how they managed without adequate numeric systems or paper on which to make detailed drawings, and how climate, natural disasters, wars, variations in the hours of daylight throughout the year, and the celebration of holy days affected the pace and timing of work. Scott also explains such things as the role of relics, the quarrying and transporting of stone, and the incessant conflict cathedral-building projects caused within their communities. Finally, by drawing comparisons between Gothic cathedrals and other monumental building projects, such as Stonehenge, Scott expands our understanding of the human impulses that shape our landscape.

Cathedrals of Europe

Cathedrals of Europe

  • Author: Anne Prache
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 279
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The great Medieval cathedrals are among the most remarkable monuments of that era. The noted art historian Anne Prache takes us on an amazing journey through the Romanesque and Gothic cathedrals still at the heart of ancient European cities, exploring the awe-inspiring buildings and the great riches they contain. Cathedrals of Europe stands out among other volumes on the subject in several key ways. Most of its stunning photographs are new, taken especially for this book; the pictures are combined with text that is both authoritative and extremely readable. Rather than concentrating only on such familiar monuments as Notre Dame and Chartres, the author covers many of the more obscure and less frequently visited cathedrals from Italy to Scandinavia, Poland to Portugal. Prache surveys the history of church building from its humble beginnings in Late Antiquity through the construction of such masterworks of the Gothic style as Reims, Strasbourg, and Wells. Throughout, she reminds us that these magnificent expressions of faith also reflected their builders' hopes and fears, technical expertise, political views, and the ever-changing economic and social realities with which they had to contend. The works of art that adorn the cathedrals--sculptures, paintings, mosaics, stained glass, furniture, and more--receive particular attention. Study of these aspects, Prache says, provides an "understanding of the aspirations, sufferings, fears, and faith of generations long removed in time."

French Gothic Architecture of the 12th and 13th Centuries

French Gothic Architecture of the 12th and 13th Centuries

  • Author: Jean Bony
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 9780520055865
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 623
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Traces the development of the Gothic style of architecture in France and examines the designs of French cathedrals and churches

The Engineering of Medieval Cathedrals

The Engineering of Medieval Cathedrals

  • Author: Lynn Towery Courtenay
  • Publisher: Variorum
  • ISBN: 9780860787501
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 360
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Focusing on the engineering of medieval cathedrals, this text covers areas such as historiography and scope, medieval builders and their methods, structural archaeology and engineering analysis, and roof, towers and spires.

Ad Quadratum

Ad Quadratum

The Practical Application of Geometry in Medieval Architecture

  • Author: Nancy Y. Wu
  • Publisher: Ashgate Pub Limited
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 272
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Considering practical geometry and how it may have been applied in the design of medieval architecture, these 11 papers by an international team of contributors, together with an introduction by Eric Fernie, present an up-to-date look at the latest scholarship covering an area from Carolingian Germany and Romanesque Italy to Crusader Cyprus and Gothic France. Figures largely generated by computer-assisted design (CAD) programs illustrate the applications of geometry and metrology, using new technology to overcome the limitations of earlier analysis of plans. These papers present the current state of thinking on the uses of geometry in medieval architecture, proving essential reading to historians of art, history, and science of the Middle Ages.

The Road from Eden

The Road from Eden

Studies in Christianity and Culture

  • Author: John Barber
  • Publisher: Academica Press,LLC
  • ISBN: 1933146346
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 587
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This reference work is informed by Reform Christianity's views of art and culture in the western world. Discusses the legacy, content and purpose of the arts in relation to Christianity and its salvatory mission.

High Gothic Sculpture at Chartres Cathedral, the Tomb of the Count of Joigny, and the Master of the Warrior Saints

High Gothic Sculpture at Chartres Cathedral, the Tomb of the Count of Joigny, and the Master of the Warrior Saints

  • Author: Anne McGee Morganstern
  • Publisher: Penn State Press
  • ISBN: 0271048654
  • Category: Art
  • Page: 195
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"Re-examines the sculpture on the transept porches of Chartres Cathedral and revises their chronology, based on information from the previously unstudied tomb of the count of Joigny. Documents the production of the monument within the context of French High Gothic sculpture"--Provided by publisher.

The Gothic Screen

The Gothic Screen

Space, Sculpture, and Community in the Cathedrals of France and Germany, Ca.1200-1400

  • Author: Jacqueline E. Jung
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 1107022959
  • Category: Art
  • Page: 282
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Reveals how Gothic choir screens, through their architecture and sculpture, were vital vehicles of communication and shapers of community within the Christian church.

Medieval Architecture

Medieval Architecture

  • Author: Nicola Coldstream
  • Publisher: Oxford History of Art (Paperba
  • ISBN: 9780192842763
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 256
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Presents an overview of Medieval architecture, describing the similarity of the features of both religious and secular structures and how these buildings reflect the people who built and used them.