Gothic Architecture / Edition 1

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"This 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. This book is a history - a view of things created, and more than that, an analysis of the essence of the Gothic style and of the ideas that inspired its development."--BOOK JACKET.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300087994
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Series: The Yale University Press Pelican History of Art Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 1,219,602
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Foreword 33
Maps 35
Introduction 41
1 The Aesthetic Function of the Rib 41
2 The Stylistic Significance of the Rib-Vault 48
1 The Transition 51
1 The Gothic Rib-Vaults of the First Generation (1093-1120) 51
2 Diagonality of Shafts, Multipartite Vaults, Pointed Arches, Keystones 53
3 The Ridge-Rib 64
4 Vaults with Arched Ridges 65
2 The Early Gothic Period 67
1 The Beginnings of the Gothic Structural System 67
2 Changes in Capitals and Bases 84
3 The Exposed Flying Buttress 86
4 Facades, Towers, Gables, Tabernacles 87
5 Hall-Churches 91
6 The Early Gothic Style in the Cistercian Order 93
7 The Spread of the Early Gothic Style and the Passive Transition 98
8 The Tierceron 101
3 The High Gothic Style, 1194-1300 105
1 The Organic Unification of Interior and Exterior. Finials and Balustrades 105
2 The High Gothic Pier. Tracery. Gargoyles 114
3 Horizontal Fusion in England and Spain 123
4 Glazed Triforia. Windows and their Gables. The Spherical Triangle. Cusps in Tracery 126
5 Facades. Doors. Blind Arcades and Tracery. The Elimination of Capitals 138
6 The Tierceron Star-Vault 146
7 The Spread of the Gothic Style, 1200-50 146
8 Regularity of Structure. Piers with Grooves. Triradials 161
9 The Sharpening of Profiles. Piers without Capitals. The Ogee Curve 165
10 Autonomous Tracery 171
11 The Gothic Wall 174
12 The Culmination of the High Gothic Style 175
13 The Spread of the Gothic Style, 1250-1320 181
4 The Late Gothic Style 187
1 New Varieties of Ribs. Liernes. Net-Vaults 187
2 Curvilinear and Rectilinear 191
3 The Relaxation of Strict Regularity. Hall-Choirs 195
4 Pendant Bosses. Flying Ribs. Net-Vaults with Interrupted Ribs. Concave-sided Gables. Choirs with an Even Number of Sides 200
5 The Fan-Vault 209
6 The Spread of the Gothic Style in the Late Gothic Period 209
7 The Beginnings of the Flamboyant 216
8 Variations between 1390 and 1420 219
9 The Mature Late Gothic Style in Germany 224
10 The Mature Flamboyant 231
11 Spiral Shafts. Double-curved Ribs. Concave Profiles. Concave-sided Arches. Arches like Branches of Trees. Diamond-Vaults 233
12 Continuous Recession 242
13 The Gothic Style and the Style of the Renaissance 258
14 The Survival of the Gothic Style 259
1 The Term 'Gothic' and the Concept of the Gothic Style 263
2 The Development of the Gothic Style seen as an Immanent Process 264
3 The Meaning and the Purpose of Church Architecture 269
4 Symbols of Meaning 271
5 Form Symbols 274
6 Gothic Architecture considered as Art 277
7 Secular Architecture during the Period of the Gothic Style 278
8 Gothic Sculpture 290
9 Gothic Painting 293
10 The Gothic Style and Scholasticism 295
11 The Root of the Gothic Style 297
Notes 301
Bibliography 371
Index 399
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