Early Medieval Architecture as Bearer of Meaning

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Overview

At last available in English, this classic text was originally published in Germany in 1951 and has been continuously in print since then. Gunter Bandmann analyzes the architecture of societies in western Europe up to the twelfth century that aspired to be the heirs to the Roman Empire. He examines the occurrence and recurrence of basic forms not as stylistic evolutions but as meaningful expressions of meta-material content and develops an architectural iconography of symbolic, historical, and aesthetic elements.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice

It makes a timely, welcome addition to essential library holdings in those areas... Highly recommended.

Comitatus
Thanks to Kendall Wallis's careful translation the English-speaking world now has the opportunity to rediscover ideas that have endured for more than half a century.
Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism - Paul Zucker
Probably the most important contribution to understanding [the] history of architecture.... The content of the work is so comprehensive, the author's excursions into related fields shed light onto so many new and surprising relationships, that it is impossible even to enumerate the variety of the historical, aesthetic, and philosophical aspects of the book.
Choice
It makes a timely, welcome addition to essential library holdings in those areas... Highly recommended.
Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism
Probably the most important contribution to understanding [the] history of architecture.... The content of the work is so comprehensive, the author's excursions into related fields shed light onto so many new and surprising relationships, that it is impossible even to enumerate the variety of the historical, aesthetic, and philosophical aspects of the book.

— Paul Zucker

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231127042
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 6/29/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Gunter Bandmann was an eminent German historian who wrote on architecture and church history. Kendall Wallis is the humanities and social sciences librarian at McGill University. Hans Böker is professor of architectural history at McGill University.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Bearing Bandmann's Meaning: A Translator's IntroductionForm and TypeReceptionClaimAufhebenBauherrIndicatingCoiningDeputyWestbau1. The Problem of Meaning in ArchitectureThe Essence of MeaningThe Medieval Work of ArtAesthetic MeaningThe Current State of Research on Symbolic and Historical Meaning in ArchitectureSources and Methods: The SourcesSources and Methods: The Methods2. The Symbolic Meaning of Buildings According to Written and Visual SourcesThe Written SourcesThe Visual SourcesSummary3. Historical MeaningTradition and HabitTurning Toward HistoricityThe Effects of Historical Meaning4. The Decline of Symbolic and Historical MeaningReform and SecularizationThe Predominance of Artistic TendenciesThe New Awareness of SpaceSummaryAfterword by Hans Josef Bøker

Columbia University Press

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